Like West’s hot start and steady play, her first major championship weekend in three years
Michelle Wie West currently lives and practices in San Francisco and has been looking forward to basking in the southern sun for several weeks. After opening on a 77 at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, she knew she could do a lot better. On Friday it got a little bit moving.
Like West, 31 and now a wife and mother, was four when she hit the eighth tee, the kind of start she needed. It was a great scene. The fans were back and Wie West gave them a lot to cheer for. The day after she shot 43 on the second nine, she played it at eye level. She would shoot 3 under 69, a solid effort that got her back on the cutline to play at 2 over 146 over the weekend.
“I felt that although I played reasonably well at times, I never got really deep,” said Wie West. “It was the first time in a long time that I felt like every hole looked like a birdie hole to me. That was a lot of fun and I’ll just build on this mojo for tomorrow. “
It was two years ago at the KPMG Women’s PGA in Hazeltine when Wie West tried to play through wrist and hand injuries, shot 84-82, thinking her career was over. When she learned later that year that she was pregnant with her first child, she really thought she was done. But when a daughter, Makenna, came into her life, Wie West was inspired to start playing again.
“It’s pretty crazy to think of Hazeltine and where I have been and where I am now,” she said. “I’m just eternally grateful that I have the chance to come back. It would have been nice to return the favor in Hazeltine, but this is a great golf course. I had a great day today. It was much fun.”
Like West’s last cut on a major before Friday? The 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.