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Michelle Wie to play against the men again in Korea

Hawaiian schoolgirl Michelle Wie will take on the men for the eighth time in a professional tournament when she plays in the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open in May.

Wie, who failed this month in her latest bid to make the cut in a men's event at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii, has been invited as a special guest by the tournament sponsors.

The SK Telecom Open will be held in South Korea from May 4-7 at a course yet to be announced.

The 16-year-old Wie is scheduled to be in the Asian country from April 28 to May 8 to meet fans and compete in the tournament, the sponsors said in a statement on Tuesday.

Wie's parents are from South Korea. Her grandfather Wie Sang-kyu lives in Jangheung, a remote South Korean city where a few locals used to pass the hat to support his granddaughter in her earlier days playing as an amateur in Hawaii.

The game's most celebrated teenager since Tiger Woods, Wie has now failed to make the cut in seven men's events, four of them on the PGA Tour.

She has also missed the cut in two of her first three tournaments since turning professional last October, both playing alongside the men. She was disqualified in the other.

Aged 14, Wie played in an LPGA Tour event at Jeju Island, South Korea in 2003, finishing last in a field of 69.

February 1, 2006

 




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