Michelle Wie named as US Solheim Cup assistant captain

Major winner to help Pat Hurst in next year’s match

Michelle Wie has been appointed an assistant captain for the 2021 Solheim Cup. Picture: Charlie Riedel/AP

Major winner Michelle Wie has been named by US captain Pat Hurst as one of her assistants for next year’s Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio.

Wie, pictured, who has played in the biennial event five times, joins Angela Stanford in Hurst’s backroom team for the bid to win back the trophy following Europe’s victory at Gleneagles last September.

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“When I heard that Pat had been named the captain for Team USA, I immediately knew that I had to be part of her team,” said Wie, a five-time LPGA Tour winner. “Pat was my pod leader when we played in Germany and Iowa and I learned so much from her leadership and friendship. Those weeks were great opportunities to learn from one of the best players and coaches I know, and to work alongside her is going to be an amazing experience.”

Hurst succeeded Juli Inkster, who led the US to victory in both 2015 and 2017 before losing to Catriona Matthew’s European side in a dramatic match in Perthshire.

“Naming Michelle as an assistant captain was an incredibly easy decision for me,” said Hurst. “She reached out to see if she could be involved with the team, and I quickly knew that I wanted her as one of my assistants.

“She’s out there playing with the younger players, and since I’ve been off the tour for a while, that’s a crucial asset for me to have, first with Angela and now with Michelle. I can’t wait to work with this team.”

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