Wie coming Down Under for Australian Women’s Open

Former major champion Michelle Wie, armed with an exciting new contract with Callaway Golf, is heading Down Under.

It’s Wie’s first visit here since 2013 when she played the Australian Open at Royal Canberra, but the 27-year-old American has a massive following here and has agreed to tee it up in next month’s Aussie Women’s Open at Royal Adelaide.

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And she’ll be sporting the latest in Callaway golf equipment after agreeing to a multi-year equipment contract that will have the 2014 US Women’s Open champion using the company’s golf clubs and balls, including an Odyssey putter.

“It’s tremendous to be coming back to Australia, I can’t believe it’s been four years since I was last there in Canberra,” said Wie.

“Royal Adelaide is obviously a course known around the world and the girls spoke so highly of South Australia last year that I can’t wait to see not only the club, but everything going on around the state, too.”

“I’m really excited about what the season ahead will hold for me and I’m hoping that Adelaide will put me on the right track to a successful year.”

Still only 27, Wie has surprisingly sunk to No. 180 in the women’s world rankings following an injury-plagued season in 2016.

But she’s ready for a big year and is excited about her new golf contract.

“Joining Callaway feels like a natural partnership,” Wie said.

“I believe that they make the best equipment in golf, and that their clubs are really going to help me have a great year.

“I also admire how they make the game fun and accessible to fans, and make them feel like they are part of the experience.

“That’s something that’s really important to me.”

Wie joins a field for the February 16-19 event that already boasts world No.1 Lydia Ko, world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn, world No.8 Brooke Henderson, defending champion Haru Nomura and highly-rated Australians Minjee Lee, five-time champ Karrie Webb and Su Oh.