Jennifer Johnson accidentally-on-purpose spilled the beans on twitter that she wasn't getting a captain's pick for Team USA, so it wasn't much of a surprise that Meg Mallon chose Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie.
Johnson had a win, 2 top 10s, and 4 top 20s in her last 9 starts, but she also missed the cut 4 times.
Piller had 1 top 5, 3 top 10s and top 20s in her last 9 starts, with only 2 MCs.
Wie had 2 top 10s and 3 top 20s in her last 9 starts, with 3 MCs and a WD.
So Mallon must have wanted the distance that Piller and Wie bring to Team USA. It's hard to argue against Johnson's ball-striking, however, with a 75% fairways rate and 74% greens in regulation rate before the WBO. Even if her putting is a little suspect, I think you could have counted on her to play more solidly than Wie, who's dialing it back this year and still hitting only 57% of her fairways--and JJ's probably a significantly better putter than Piller, as well. Surprisingly to some, Wie had a good putts per green in regulation rate heading into the WBO; at 1.791 PPGIR, she was ranked 25th on tour.
If it were up to me, I would have gone with Johnson and Piller. How about you?
[Update 1 (3:59 pm): Here's Brent Kelley's overview. Only thing I'd add is surprise that Nocera wasn't picked over Sergas or Ewart Shadoff. Guess Neumann wanted a team that was used to competing against LPGAers and went with the headline-grabbing teenager (Hull) over the proven veteran who played excellent golf for Team Euro in 2009.]
[Update 2 (4:46 pm): Interesting how times and attitudes change. Dottie Pepper questioned the wisdom of Greg Norman's pick of Adam Scott for the 2009 President's Cup. 4 years later she's part of an analogous decision. Hope it works out for Wie as well in the next 4 years as it has for Scott.]
[Update 3 (5:28 pm): I'd love to say I called the Wie pick back in April, but in July I wished I had made my call on April Fool's Day! Today, I don't doubt Wie deserved consideration, but would have made a different call myself.]