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Michelle Wie confirms entrance to Match Play

Michelle Wie confirmed Tuesday that she will play in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, joining Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer in the July 6-9 tournament at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.

"I'm particularly happy that the championship is hosted in the summer when I don't have to miss school," the 16-year-old Wie said. "I really enjoy the match play mind-set and think it suits my game. I've had some of my best results in match play."

Colombia's Marisa Baena won the inaugural tournament last year as the No. 60 seed, beating South Korea's Meena Lee 1-up in the final.

Sorenstam reached the quarterfinals last summer.

"I'm looking forward to returning to Hamilton Farm to try to improve on last year's performance," said Sorenstam, the winner Sunday in the MasterCard Classic in Mexico. "A match-play event brings great variety to the schedule."

The 19-year-old Creamer won twice last year as a rookie on the LPGA Tour and also was a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA.

"I really enjoyed the HSBC event last year," Creamer said. "Match play is a nice change from regular stroke play. I was fortunate enough to represent the U.S. in last September's Solheim Cup and was thrilled to have done so well in all of my matches. Hopefully, my match-play success will carry over."

The winner will receive $500,000 from the $2 million purse.

March 15, 2006


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