Michelle Wie West to leave LPGA Tour at 32 and play US Open next week and in 2023 | Golf News

Michelle Wie West will play the US Women’s Open next week – a tournament she won in 2014 – and the same event in 2023 but has no more competitions scheduled; The American cites his body’s inability to withstand the rigors of professional golf as the reason – but doesn’t rule out returning in the future

Last update: 26/05/22 16:47

Michelle Wie West quits LPGA Tour aged 32

Former US Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie West has announced that she is leaving the LPGA Tour at the age of 32.

Wie West will compete next week in the US Women’s Open – a tournament she won in 2014 to claim her only major – and the same event in 2023, but has no plans to compete in any other competitions.

The American, who gave birth to daughter Makenna in 2020, says her body is now struggling to cope with the rigors of professional golf.

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Wie West said golf week“Sometimes if I play a lot of golf, I’m just in bed (after), I can’t lift Makenna, and that scared me.”

A return to professional golf in the future isn’t ruled out – “I’m ruling out absolutely nothing” – but for now Wie West will focus on other projects including the Nike Athlete Think Tank, a group that promotes the sport feminine and also counts Serena Williams among its members.

Wie West rose to fame as the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10.

She was also the youngest to win a USGA adult championship at age 13 and the youngest to make the cut at an LPGA major in the 2003 Kraft Nabisco, at age 14.

Wie West won the 2014 US Women's Open and will play that event in 2022 and 2023

Wie West won the 2014 US Women’s Open and will play that event in 2022 and 2023

The following year, Wie West received a sponsor’s invitation to the Sony Open in his home state of Hawaii and missed the cut by a single shot after a second round of 68, the lowest round ever. ever performed by a woman in a PGA Tour event.

She says she’s proudest of graduating from Stanford by competing on the LPGA Tour – she won two of her five titles while in college – and winning the US Women’s Open.

Wie West added: “Because I’ve accomplished both, I think I’m very happy with my decision now.

“I think if I hadn’t won the US Open, I would still be competing week in and week out trying to get that US Open victory.”

Watch the US Women’s Open live on Sky Sports from Thursday, June 2.

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