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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:29 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2006

Wie invited to play in another PGA Tour event

Associated Press

FARMINGTON, Pa. — Michelle Wie has received a sponsor's exemption to play in the 84 Lumber Classic, giving the 16-year-old from Hawai'i three starts on the PGA Tour this year.

Wie, who has not made the cut in seven previous times competing against men, will be part of the 144-player field Sept. 14-17 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, 84 Lumber spokesman Jeff Nobers said Friday.

Wie's family has known 84 Lumber president Maggie Hardy Magerko for several years, and the company has been offering her an exemption to the tournament since she was 13. This will be the final year of the 84 Lumber Classic, which recently decided to give up its summer date on the new PGA Tour schedule that starts in 2007.

Wie, a junior at Punahou School in Honolulu, has not made the cut in four starts on the PGA Tour. Her last attempt was in January at the Sony Open, where she missed by four shots after rounds of 79-68. Her second round, in which she made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, matched her record for lowest score by a female on a men's tour.