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Top teenagers commit to Evian Masters

Two of the world's most talented teenage golf stars have confirmed their attendance at this year's Evian Masters, from 20 th to 23 rd July 2005, at the Evian Masters GC in Evian-les- Bains, France.

Michelle Wie, the phenomenal 15-year-old amateur from Honolulu in Hawaii will be competing in her second Evian Masters alongside Ai Miyazato, the 19-year-old Women's' World Cup of Golf winner from Okinawa in Japan.

Wie finished tied for 33 rd place with an aggregate one-under-par when she competed in the prestigious event in 2004 and already has an impressive career history at her young age which includes numerous appearances on the LPGA Tour and competing against the men on the European Tour's Sony Open earlier this year.

But it will be Miyazato's first appearance at Evian and the diminutive teen star is bound to draw colossal galleries after her breathtaking victory alongside Rui Kitada at the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf at the Links G&CC at Fancourt in South Africa in February.

The 5'2" tall player, who won five times in her rookie year on the Japanese Tour in 2004, displayed her breathtaking ability again a week later at the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia when she equalled the c ourse record at Royal Pines Resort with a nine-under-par 63 in the first round and held the lead in a top class field after the first, second and third rounds , only to be defeated by a fast charging Karrie Webb on Sunday .

Miyazato is more famous than Tiger Woods in her home country and regularly brings a posse of media and supporters to each event she plays in. Along with the six-feet tall big-hitting Michelle Wie, often referred to as the female Tiger Woods , and allied to one of the strongest fields during the season, galleries and viewers can expect to see golf of the highest level at the 12 th edition of the Evian Masters.

The Evian Masters has been played on the LET since 1994 and is ranked as the second biggest prize fund in Women's golf behind the US Open.

Since its inception, The Evian Masters has witnessed a preponderance of luminaries winning the coveted title including Swedes Catrin Nilsmark, Helen Alfredsson and Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies from England, Julie Inkster from the USA, Rachel Hetherington from Australia, Hiromi Kobayashi from Japan and Wendy Doolan from Australia, who defeated the World number one Sorenstam in a thrilling display in 2004 with a final round seven under 65 around this spectacular course.



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