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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, 2006

After day of rest, Wie prepares for match play

Associated Press

GLADSTONE, N.J — Michelle Wie prepared for the HSBC Women's World Match Play championship with a quiet round of golf.

With little fanfare on the nearly spectator-free Hamilton Farm course, the 16-year-old Punahou School senior-to-be got her first look at the hilly layout Tuesday, playing a morning practice round in hazy, humid conditions that gave way to an afternoon thunderstorm.

"I came here yesterday. Unfortunately, I was too tired to go out and play," Wie said. "I played 18 this morning and the golf course is in absolutely perfect shape. The fairways are like carpet and the greens are like absolutely perfect."

Coming off a third-place tie in Rhode Island in the Women's Open, the second-seeded Wie will open play Thursday against 63rd-seeded Candy Hannemann.

"I don't really look at the name of the player that I'm playing," Wie said. "You can't really control what your opponent does. ... All I can do is prepare myself for Thursday and play the hardest I can and see what happens."