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Michelle Wie Ready to Tee off Against John Daly

Posted July. 10, 2003 21:51,   


Michelle Wie strikes long drives of John Daly with the softness of Ernie Els. What would happen if she has a "bout" with Daly?

It is a question everyone would have had once. The question will become a reality in September. Michelle will play at the Nationwide Tour, a second round of the US PGA Tour, for the first time as a female golfer. Prior to the scheduled tee-off, she is also invited to Skins Games on September 15th.

Wie will face tough opponents like John Daly and Nancy Lopez, who has won 49 LPGA championships.

Wie stroke an average of 281.1 yards at the last US Women`s Open, using her tall statue of 183 cm. She beat all the other players in this respect. In February at Hawaii, she flew her tee shot 328 yards.

Until last year, Daly drove the longest shots for eight consecutive years in the US PGA Tour. This season, he ranks at second with his 310.4 yard shot.

Hovering between amateur and pro stages, Michelle Wie will also play at two amateur games, starting on 21st. Then, she will move onto a LPGA Tour against older opponents. Then, she is to swing against her male pro opponents.

A skins game pits players in a type of match play in which each hole has a set value (usually in money or points). The player who wins the hole is said to win the "skin," and whatever that skin is worth. When players tie on a given hole, the value of that hole is carried over and added to the value of the following hole. Since Wie is an amateur, whatever Wie win is carried over to the next.

Jong-Seok Kim kjs0123@donga.com