Michelle Wie West will leave the LPGA Tour at the age of 32 and will play the US Open next week and in 2023 | Golf News – NewsRaiser

Michelle Wie West leaves the LPGA Tour at 32

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

Wie West will compete next week at 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 competition.

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 get Makenna up, and that scares me. »

A return to professional golf in the future is not ruled out – “I do not rule out absolutely anything” -, but for now Wie West will focus on other projects such as the Nike Athlete Think Tank, a group that promotes women’s sports and also has 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 at 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 invite to the Sony Open in her home state of Hawaii and missed the cut by a single shot after a second-round 68, the lowest round ever by a woman at an event. of the PGA Tour. .

She says she’s most proud of graduating from Stanford competing on the LPGA Tour (she won two of her five titles while in school) and winning the US Women’s Open.

Wie West added: “Because I have achieved both, I think I am now very happy with my decision.

“I think if I hadn’t won the US Open, I would still be competing week in and week out trying to win the US Open. »

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