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Posted at 2:12 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Wie to play in South Korea against men

Associated Press

Michelle Wie will play against men on the Asian Tour in South Korea, accepting an invitation Tuesday to play in the SK Telecom Open.

K.J. Choi is the defending champion of the tournament, to be held May 4-7 at a course to be determined.

Wie was born and raised in Hawai'i, but her parents are from South Korea and it was the first language she learned. At the Sony Open earlier this month, Wie conducted television interviews in Korean and English.

Wie played an LPGA tournament at Jeju Island, South Korea, in 2003, finishing last in the 69-player field as a 14-year-old.

It also will be her eighth time competing on a men's tour.

The 16-year-old high school junior, who turned pro in October, came close to making the cut at the Casio World Open on the Japanese tour in November until bogeys on the last two holes forced her to miss the cut by one shot.

Wie's next event is the Fields Open on the LPGA Tour, which will be played Feb. 24-26 at Ko Olina.