The magic word, the one that erased any sliver of doubt that Michelle Wie would be selected for the U.S. Solheim Cup team, was this: Hawaii. Once Wie's home state was announced Sunday afternoon, everyone associated with the Solheim Cup could breathe easy. The sport's biggest draw will suit up for the red, white and blue in the U.S. vs. Europe match-play competition that begins Aug. 21-23 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. After being introduced at the end of the Women's British Open, the 19-year-old Wie stepped to the podium and high-fived a few of her teammates, all of whom wore red windbreakers and white hats or visors. "I am so honored and so thrilled," Wie said. "I'm so excited just to be wearing this jacket and this hat and to be representing my country." Wie, who finished 13th on the Solheim Cup points list, added that she was "thankful" that captain Beth Daniel had selected her. "I'll do my best not to let her down," she said. Wie shot 69 in the final round of the British Open to finish tied for 11th. She has yet to win on the LPGA Tour largely because she is prone to blow-up holes, but those won't harm her much in a match-play format. "Instead of (a triple bogey) costing her three shots, it'll cost her one hole," Daniel said by telephone from England. "Michelle is capable of making so many birdies and great shots. She's a good player to have at Rich Harvest Farms." Wie is one of the longest hitters on tour, and Rich Harvest will feature at least three reachable par-5s. As if to balance out Wie's inexperience, Daniel also selected Juli Inkster, whose resume features 31 LPGA titles. Inkster will play on her eighth Solheim Cup team. Inkster and Wie will team with the 10 automatic qualifiers: Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Nicole Castrale, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel, Kristy McPherson, Christina Kim, Brittany Lincicome and Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis, who has had her own reality show and modeled in swimsuits for FHM magazine, finished 10th on the points list. Laura Davies, who has played in all 10 Solheim Cups, highlights Europe's team. Daniel and her team were set to fly Sunday night from England to Chicago. The players will adjust to the time change Monday, play a practice round Tuesday at Rich Harvest Farms and meet media members Wednesday. Perhaps Wie didn't even need to step on a plane to fly overseas. "She is on Cloud 9," Daniel said.