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Michelle Wie set for World Match Play

Second seed Michelle Wie gets another chance to chase her first victory as a professional in the Women's World Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club starting on Thursday.

While the 16-year-old Hawaiian has produced seven top-10 finishes from 11 majors, including a tie for third at the U.S. Open which finished on Monday, she will come under scrutiny until she finally picks up a trophy.

"I'm not frustrated by the fact I haven't won yet," Wie told reporters on Tuesday. "I know it will happen sometime and I'm going to enjoy it when it does.

"I don't listen to the critics, I'm just happy to keep playing my hardest and trying my hardest. I look at my results in the majors and know it (the win) is bound to happen sometime but I'm not going to force anything."

Wie's biggest victory as an amateur came in match play, as a 13-year-old in the U.S. Public Links Championship, and she relishes a return to the format.

"I loved playing in the Curtis Cup and all the match play events as an amateur," she said.

"I'm coming into the championship with a lot of confidence after the U.S. Open and I'm excited about playing head to head as a professional for the first time."

Wie faces Brazil's Candy Hannemann in the first round on Thursday and is in the opposite half of the draw to world number one Annika Sorenstam.

Swede Sorenstam, who beat Pat Hurst in an 18-hole playoff on Monday to win her third U.S. Open, launches her campaign against Thai Virada Nirapathpongporn.

Holder Marisa Baena of Colombia starts out against American Wendy Ward.

July 5, 2006

 




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