Michelle Wie West, who has not played on the LPGA Tour since last June because of a right wrist injury and is expecting her first child this summer, figured she wasn’t going to play at all in 2020.
However, now she is thinking she might play in the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, which has been rescheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston after being postponed from its original date in June because of Coronavirus pandemic.
“Logistically, it opened my eyes and I was like, ‘Whoa, like maybe it could happen,’” the 30-year-old Wie West, who is a Stanford graduate from Honolulu, told ESPN. “I’m not making a decision right now, but my ears definitely perked up when I heard that the U.S. Open is going to be in December. Suddenly, it’s something that seriously needs to be discussed.”
Wie West, who has won five times on the LPGA Tour, including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, married Jonnie West, an executive with the Golden State Warriors, in last August.
In September, Wie West was on Golf Channel’s commentary team for the Solheim Cup and was scheduled be on the broadcast team for Golf Channel and CBS for the 2020 Masters in April before it was postponed until November due to the pandemic.
“Before I was even pregnant, I thought my career would come to an end when I had kids, and I was fine with that,” Wie West said. “Then I found out I was having a girl, and my perspective changed. … Now, I definitely want to play for her. I want to create a future for her while she sees me being a strong woman and an athlete and being someone that is pursuing her dreams.”
Wie West didn’t say if she would play in any earlier events to prepare for the U.S. Women’s Open.