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Michelle Wie Pulls out of PGA Game

Posted June. 21, 2007 03:01,   


“Golf Prodigy” Michelle Wie (18) has given up on playing against men, for now.

Wie declared in an interview held on June 20 that she will not take part in the PGA Tour John Deere Classic to be held next month. “The TPC Deere Run course is obviously very long, and I just don’t have the length to play there right now,” she explained. Wie has played the John Deere Classic the last two years, missing the cut by two shots in 2005 and withdrawing in the second round after hitting a 77 in the first round last year.

Wie was 14 over through 16 holes when she withdrew, citing the cause for her withdrawal as a wrist injury, from the LPGA Tour Ginn Tribute hosted by Annika Sorenstam. The LPGA rule is that non-members will be banned for a year if they shoot over 88 in one round. The debate surrounding her “intentional withdrawal” intensified when she showed up at the McDonald’s Championship the following week.

Although she is giving up competing against men next month, Wie will take part in the women’s U.S. Open next week.

Wie has not made the cut in any of the seven PGA Tour tournaments she has played in, with the exception of the SK Open held in Korea last year.