One week after announcing that she will be stepping away from competitive golf, the most influential golfer in state history, Michelle Wie West will tee-off on Thursday at the USGA’s Women’s US Open in North Carolina.
The 32-year old who made her pro tournament debut 20 years ago will be focusing on motherhood and business ventures with “no regrets” in regards to her accomplishments in the sport.
Wie West is currently only scheduled to play at Pine Needles this week and next year’s Women’s US Open at Pebble Beach with no plans to jump back on the LPGA Tour.
The 5-time LPGA Tour event winner says it is no coincidence that her planned Aloha swings will be taken at the prestigious tournament, eight years removed from winning the lone major of her career.
“Oh, it means everything to me. It was the one tournament that I wanted to win ever since I started to play golf. If I hadn’t won the 2014 US Open I still, I’d definitely wouldn’t retire and I’d still be playing and chasing that win so, that win means everything to me,” Wie West told reporters on Tuesday.
“I’m definitely managing expectations right now. I definitely haven’t had the practice schedule that I usually do leading up to the US Open. This week, I’m just soaking it all in, Seeing all the fans, seeing all the players, walking the walk. It’s pretty cool. Obviously, the competitive side of me wants to win and do the best I can so it’s going to be a fun week.”
The Punahou and Stanford graduate will tee-off on Thursday with television coverage starting at 9:00am HST on the USA Network.
Four other Hawaii golfers will also be taking part in the tournament:
Allisen Corpuz (Kapolei)
Mariel Galdiano (Pearl City)
Karissa Kilby (Honolulu)
Britney Yada (Hilo)
UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
Site: Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Course: Pine Needles Lodge and GC. Yardage: 6,638. Par: 71.
Prize money: $10 million. Winner’s share: $1.8 million.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-3 p.m. (Peacock), 3-8 p.m. (USA Network); Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. (Peacock), 2-3 p.m. (USA Network), 3-6 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (USA Network), 3-7 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Yuka Saso.
Last year: Saso became the first Filipino golfer to win a major when she defeated Nasa Hataoka in a playoff at The Olympic Club. Lexi Thompson played the final seven holes in 5-over par and finished one shot out of the playoff.
Notes: The purse has nearly doubled to $10 million, the richest in the history of women’s golf and among the largest prize funds in women’s sports. … Nelly Korda, who started the year at No. 1 in women’s golf, is playing for the first time since early February while recovering from a blood clot in her left arm. … Inbee Park has withdrawn from the field. … Cristie Kerr won the Women’s Open when it was last held at Pine Needles. Other winners at Pine Needles include Karrie Webb (2001) and Annika Sorenstam (1996). The 51-year-old Sorenstam is playing this year. She is exempt from having won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last year. … Michelle Wie West is playing for the first time since the season-opening Tournament of Champions in January. She won her only major at nearby Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014. She is exempt for two more years if she chooses to play. … Eun-Hee Ji won the Women’s Open in 2009. She qualified for this Open by winning the LPGA Match Play on Sunday.
The field consists of 156 players at the 6,638-yard, par-71 host course. The top 60 players and ties through 36 holes will make the cut.
(All times ET; a = amateur)
Thursday, Hole No. 1 / Friday, Hole No. 9
7:15 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Allison Emrey, Charlotte, N.C.; Nicole Garcia, South Africa; (a) Lauren Miller, Niceville, Fla.
7:26 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Kathleen Scavo, Benicia, Calif.; (a) Alicia Joo, Republic of Korea; Jillian Hollis, Rocky River, Ohio
7:37 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Grace Kim, Australia; (a) Minsol Kim, Republic of Korea; (a) Catherine Park, Irvine, Calif.
7:48 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – (a) Bailey Davis, White Plains, Md.; Gemma Dryburgh, Scotland; Amanda Doherty, Atlanta, Ga.
7:59 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Allisen Corpuz, Kapolei, Hawaii; Annie Park, Levittown, N.Y.; Lilia Vu, Fountain Valley, Calif.
8:10 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Eun-Hee Ji, Republic of Korea; Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Ai Suzuki, Japan
8:21 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Alison Lee, Los Angeles, Calif.; Amy Olson, Fargo, N.D.; Matilda Castren, Finland
8:32 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Yuka Saso, Japan; (a) Jensen Castle, West Columbia, S.C.; Anna Nordqvist, Sweden
8:43 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Mirim Lee, Republic of Korea; Angel Yin, Los Angeles, Calif.; Brittany Altomare, Shrewsbury, Mass.
8:54 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Maja Stark, Sweden; Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand; Sakura Koiwai, Japan
9:05 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Hannah Green, Australia; Jessica Korda, Jupiter, Fla.; Lydia Ko, New Zealand
9:16 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand; Jaye Marie Green, Boca Raton, Fla.; Mayu Hamada, Japan
9:27 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Beth Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif.; Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla.; Linnea Johansson, Sweden
Thursday, Hole No. 9 / Friday, Hole No. 1
7 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. – (a) Anna Morgan, Spartanburg, S.C.; Gabby Lemieux, Caldwell, Idaho; Ingrid Gutierrez, Mexico
7:11 a.m. / 12:56 p.m. – Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif.; Mariel Galdiano, Pearl City, Hawaii; (a) Melanie Green, Medina, N.Y.
7:22 a.m. / 1:07 p.m. – (a) Emma McMyler, San Antonio, Texas; Sarah Kemp, Australia; Dottie Ardina, Philippines
7:33 a.m. / 1:18 p.m. – Caroline Masson, Germany; Angela Stanford, Saginaw, Texas; Mel Reid, England
7:44 a.m. / 1:29 p.m. – So Mi Lee, Republic of Korea; Pia Babnik, Slovenia; (a) Louise Duncan, Scotland
7:55 a.m. / 1:40 p.m. – Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand; Stacy Lewis, The Woodlands, Texas; Yealimi Noh, Concord, Calif.
8:06 a.m. / 1:51 p.m. – Marina Alex, Wayne, N.J.; Ally Ewing, Fulton, Miss.; Gaby Lopez, Mexico
8:17 a.m. / 2:02 p.m. – A Lim Kim, Republic of Korea; Mao Saigo, Japan; Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden
8:28 a.m. / 2:13 p.m. – Nasa Hataoka, Japan; Minjee Lee, Australia; Brooke Henderson, Canada
8:39 a.m. / 2:24 p.m. – Lexi Thompson, Delray Beach, Fla.; Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, Colo.; Jin Young Ko, Republic of Korea
8:50 a.m. / 2:35 p.m. – Annika Sorenstam, Sweden; So Yeon Ryu, Republic of Korea; (a) Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden
9:01 a.m. / 2:46 p.m. – Tiffany Chan, Hong Kong China; (a) Lauren Gomez, Murrieta, Calif.; Daniela Darquea, Ecuador
9:12 a.m. / 2:57 p.m. – (a) Nika Ito, Japan; Alyaa Abdul, Malaysia; (a) Kylee Choi, Murrieta, Calif.
Thursday, Hole No. 1 / Friday, Hole No. 9
12:45 p.m. / 7 a.m. – (a) Blakesly Brock, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla.; Sofia Garcia, Paraguay
12:56 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. – Gabriela Ruffels, Australia; (a) Laney Frye, Nicholasville, Ky.; Cheyenne Knight, Aledo, Texas
1:07 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. – Robynn Ree, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Muni He, People’s Republic of China; (a) Malak Bouraeda, Morocco
1:18 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. – Na Yeon Choi, Republic of Korea; Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden; In-Kyung Kim, Republic of Korea
1:29 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. – Momoko Ueda, Japan; Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand; (a) Bohyun Park, Republic of Korea
1:40 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. – Hinako Shibuno, Japan; Georgia Hall, England; Sophia Popov, Germany
1:51 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – In Gee Chun, Republic of Korea; Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass.; Ryann O’Toole, San Clemente, Calif.
2:02 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. – Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.; Carlota Ciganda, Spain; Hyejin Choi, Republic of Korea
2:13 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. – Hyo Joo Kim, Republic of Korea; Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Denmark; Xiyu Janet Lin, People’s Republic of China
2:24 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. – Danielle Kang, Las Vegas, Nev.; Nelly Korda, Bradenton, Fla.; Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand
2:35 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. – (a) Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif.; Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif.; (a) Anna Davis, Spring Valley, Calif.
2:46 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. – Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky.; (a) Ami Gianchandani, Watchung, N.J.; Julianne Alvarez, New Zealand
2:57 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. – (a) Jeonghyun Lee, Republic of Korea; Britney Yada, Hilo, Hawaii; (a) Yunxuan Michelle Zhang, People’s Republic of China
Thursday, Hole No. 9 / Friday, Hole No. 1
12:30 p.m. / 7:15 a.m. – Frida Kinhult, Sweden; (a) Saki Baba, Japan; Yuna Takagi, Japan
12:41 p.m. / 7:26 a.m. – Isi Gabsa, Germany; Marissa Steen, West Chester, Ohio; (a) Karissa Kilby, Honolulu, Hawaii
12:52 p.m. / 7:37 a.m. – (a) Lauren Kim, Canada; Wenbo Liu, People’s Republic of China; Lydia Hall, Wales
1:03 p.m. / 7:48 a.m. – Bianca Pagdanganan, Philippines; Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Canada; (a) Sara Im, Duluth, Ga.
1:14 p.m. / 7:59 a.m. – Stephanie Meadow, Northern Ireland; (a) Annabell Fuller, England; Bronte Law, England
1:25 p.m. / 8:10 a.m. – Pauline Roussin, France; Paula Reto, South Africa; (a) Bailey Shoemaker, Dade City, Fla.
1:36 p.m. / 8:21 a.m. – Michelle Wie West, Honolulu, Hawaii; Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas; Sung Hyun Park, Republic of Korea
1:47 p.m. / 8:32 a.m. – Hae Ran Ryu, Republic of Korea; Yuna Nishimura, Japan; Amy Yang, Republic of Korea
1:58 p.m. / 8:43 a.m. – Celine Boutier, France; Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand; Sei Young Kim, Republic of Korea
2:09 p.m. / 8:54 a.m. – Lizette Salas, Azusa, Calif.; Leona Maguire, Republic of Ireland; Jeongeun Lee6, Republic of Korea
2:20 p.m. / 9:05 a.m. – Na Rin An, Republic of Korea; Ayaka Furue, Japan; Charley Hull, England
2:31 p.m. / 9:16 a.m. – (a) Alexandra Forsterling, Germany; Yuri Onishi, Japan; Smilla Sonderby, Denmark
2:42 p.m. / 9:27 a.m. – Ilhee Lee, Republic of Korea; Karen Kim, Garden Grove, Calif.; Natsumi Hayakawa, Japan