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Michelle Wie receives invite to first LPGA Major of 2007

Michelle Wie was offered a sponsor invitation to the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Monday, among seven pros and six amateurs invited to the first LPGA Tour major of the year.

Tournament director Terry Wilcox said Wie will be making her fifth appearance at the Kraft Nabisco, although that was not immediately confirmed by her family.

The 17-year-old from Honolulu missed the cut at the Sony Open while playing with an injured left wrist that was tightly wrapped. She is not expected to play either of the two LPGA Tour events in Hawaii next month.

Wie had a chance to win the Kraft Nabisco last year until her eagle chip went 10 feet by the cup on the par-5 18th, and she missed a birdie putt that would have put her in a playoff with Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa. She has played every season since 2003, when she played in the final group at age 13 and tied for ninth.

The six amateurs who received invitations included U.S. Women's Amateur champion Kimberly Kim, who grew up in Hawaii and now lives outside Phoenix. Other professionals receiving exemptions were Gwladys Nocera of France, who played on the Solheim Cup team for Europe two years ago.

January 30, 2007


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