Wie chasing Olympic dream

Wie ended her search for a first major title when she won the US Open at Pinehurst last June, a victory she hopes to add to this season to aid her Olympic hopes.

The 25-year-old was part of the committee that ensured golf would return to the Olympics and that has just added to her hunger to be a part of the tournament.

Only four players from any one country will be able to participate, and although she is currently ranked No 6 in the world, there will be plenty of competition from the likes of Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Lincicome among others for places in the team.

“I was actually in Copenhagen with the golf committee… people associated with the golf associations and we worked hard to get golf into the Olympics and we were very successful,” Wie said ahead of the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore.

“Since then I’ve been working really hard and it’s definitely a big goal of mine to make the US team.

“Growing up, I always watched the Olympics and thought it would be so cool to represent my country but I was also very sad because I would never have the opportunity.

“Now that I have the opportunity it’s definitely one of my biggest goals, one of my biggest dreams is to compete in Rio. So I am going to be working hard and hopefully I’ll get it.”

Wie’s thoughts were echoed by Paula Creamer, who is defending champion in Singapore.

“That is everything that I have ever wanted, to represent my country in the Olympics,” she said. “I have a little bit over a year to kind of get my butt back into shape and get into that team.

“There’s only a couple of girls that get that opportunity to do it and to play, and that is something that I would love to do. I would be honoured to do that and I think it’s great for golf in general that it’s in the Olympics.”