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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Wie set to take on men in Hawaii
Michelle Wie
Teenage prodigy Michelle Wie will again face the top names on the PGA Tour in the Sony Open in Hawaii next January.

The 16-year-old, who turned professional at the start of the month, has missed the cut in her previous two appearances at the event.

"We're in the entertainment business, it's more than just a golf event," said PGA Tour vice president Ric Clarson.

"So when a player like Michelle plays in the Sony Open, it creates national and international attention."

Wie missed the cut by one shot at the Sony Open in 2004 but this year was nine over par after the opening two rounds.

"I think it's a perfect fit with her roots here in Hawaii and that fact that she has played here in the past," Clarson added.

"It's almost like watching one of your children grow up."

Wie also played in the men's John Deere Classic in July but missed the cut by just two strokes after dropping shots on two of her last four second-round holes.

She is also set to take on the men at the Casio World Open on the Japanese Tour in November.

Wie has had an impressive season as an amateur on the LPGA Tour and had three runner-up finishes and a share of third at the Women's British Open.

In her first event as a professional on the women's Tour, Wie was disqualified for taking a bad drop at the LPGA Samsung World Championship.

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05 Oct 05 |  Golf

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