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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"No other options" - Michelle Wie
is going to LPGA Tour School

Michelle Wie has entered the LPGA Tour Qualifying School. She will play Stage 1 next week in California.
Her father, B.J. Wie, said that his teenage daughter had "no other options" but Q-school if she didn't make enough money to finish the equivalent of 80th of the LPGA Tour money list.
The first stage will be at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, venue of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where Wie played in the final group of the LPGA's first major when she was in the eighth grade at High School.
Wie turned pro in 2005 and a year later had at least a share of the lead on the back nine of three majors. Her career nosedived shortly after that, when she tried to play through wrist injuries, withdrew from the Ginn Tribute when she was on the verge of shooting 88 and facing suspension, and continued to play the occasional event on men's tours.
She has not won any tournament since the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in 2003 at age 13.
But she showed signs of getting her game back in order this year. Wie was one shot off the lead going into the final round of the State Farm Classic in July when she was disqualified for leaving the recorder's area before signing her card. That might have kept her from earning enough money to get an LPGA card, and she tied for 12th in the CN Canadian Women's Open at her final event.
Her father said Michelle, who turns 19 on Oct. 11, will return to Stanford University after the California qualifier.