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Michelle Wie to play John Deere Classic again

Michelle Wie will take another crack at the PGA Tour, with the 16-year-old golfer competing at the John Deere Classic in July.

The tournament granted her a sponsor's exemption Wednesday.

This will be the fifth time Wie plays on the PGA Tour, and she had her most success at the John Deere. A year ago, Wie was inside the cut until a double bogey on the 16th hole and a bogey on the 17th to miss by two shots. The Hawaiian finished two rounds at 1-under 141.

"Michelle Wie is one of the biggest stars in golf today, and we are thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to play," tournament director Clair Peterson said.

Wie played the Sony Open this year, missing the cut for the third straight time. No woman has made the cut on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

The John Deere Classic will be held July 13-16.

March 30, 2006


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