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Michelle Wie still wants to challenge the men

American Michelle Wie said her recent struggles in the women's game hasn't dampened her desire to continue competing on the men's PGA Tour.

"I definitely want to play in men's events in the future," she said Tuesday as she prepared for this week's US Women's Open at Pine Needles.

After weeks of bad publicity, Wie withdrew from next month's John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, admitting that her game wasn't in shape to compete against the men, due to an undisclosed wrist injury that still seems to be troubling her.

But it seems her withdrawal from the John Deere was a one-off, rather than a philosophical change of heart from the Hawaiian-born 17-year-old and she refused to rule out any other men's appearances this year.

"I am trying to get my strength back to be the best player I can be and play in tournaments I want to play in," she said. "My tournament schedule, I'm not really sure yet."

Wie's two performances since returning from a nearly five-month hiatus have been just short of disastrous. Four weeks ago, she withdrew after 16 holes at the Ginn Tribute, 14-over-par at the time.

It was an act that was widely perceived as a precaution to ensure she would not shoot 88, a score that would have forced her out of any LPGA events for 12 months.

Wie, who played the tournament on a sponsor's invitation, cited her wrist as the reason for her withdrawal, but two days later was practising at Bulle Rock, the site for the McDonald's LPGA Championship.

The practice session angered former world No. 1 Annika Sorenstam, who hosted the Ginn Tribute.

"I just feel that there's a little bit of a lack of respect and class just to leave a tournament like that and then come out and practise here," Sorenstam said at the time.

Wie said at the time she did not "need to apologize for anything" and on Tuesday she sounded a similar note.

"I haven't really seen her yet," Wie said, when asked the state of her relationship with Sorenstam.

"It's never too late (to apologize)," Sorenstam said.



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