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Wie applies for U.S. Women’s Open but unsure about playing

Michelle Wie applied to play in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, scheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, but it is uncertain if she will compete.

Wie West, 31, has not played on the LPGA Tour this year. She had surgery for a wrist injury in 2019 and wasn’t ready to return for the start of the 2020 season. The COVID-19 pandemic further complicated the tour’s schedule, and Wie West gave birth to her first child in June.

Wie West’s last competitive round of golf was in June 2019, when she missed the cut after consecutive rounds in the 80s at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Still, this week Wie West posted on her Instagram account a photo of the custom-made belt buckle the USGA sent out as entry gifts to those who have applied for entry into this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Legendary golf instructor David Leadbetter told Golfweek that he believes there’s a “50 percent chance” Wie West plays in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Wie West also said her commitment level was something less than certain.

“I just don’t know what COVID is going to look like. I just don’t know if I feel comfortable traveling with (my daughter) yet,” Wie West told Golfweek. “In my mind, I always thought by December it’s going to be safe to travel with her, but now … I’m not quite sure.”

Wie West gave birth to daughter Makenna Kamalei Yoona West on June 19. She married Jonnie West, and executive with the Golden State Warriors, in August 2019.

Wie West was a child golf phenom. She qualified for her first LPGA Tour event at the age of 12 and turned professional full-time before her 16th birthday. She owns the lowest score for a woman competing on the PGA Tour with a 68, shot when she was 14 at the Sony Open, and she competed in eight PGA Tour events between 2004-08.

Wie West has five career LPGA tournament wins, including one major, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

–Field Level Media

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