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Michelle Wie to play in Sony Open

Michelle Wie accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Sony Open in January, putting her in position to become the youngest woman to play in a PGA Tour event.

``It's a dream to play in the Sony Open,'' the 14-year-old Wie said Thursday. ``I just hope I can play good and show what I can do.''

Gov. Linda Lingle said she requested that tournament officials allow Wie to play in her hometown event, the PGA Tour's first full-field tournament of the year.

Wie failed in two previous attempts to qualify for the tournament. She shot a 73 last year in Monday qualifying, and had an 84 in 2000.

Wie has played in nine professional tournaments this year. She competed against the men in the Nationwide Tour's Boise Open and the Canadian Tour's Bay Mills Open Players Championship, missing the cut in both events.

Two weeks ago, Wie finished last in a field of 69 players in the CJ Nine Bridges Classic in South Korea, her seventh and final LPGA Tour event of the year.

Her best finish was at the LPGA Tour's first major, where she finished ninth in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March. She was paired in the major's final group with Annika Sorenstam and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.

Among her other accomplishments this year, Wie became the youngest player to win a USGA title for adults in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open.

The 6-foot golf prodigy whose 300-yard drives attract huge galleries, turned 14 last month and recently began her freshman year at Punahou School.

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