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Posted at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2006

Wie playing for one of 18 U.S. Open spots

Los Angeles Times

When she tries to qualify Monday for the U.S. Open at Summit, N.J., Michelle Wie may be up at Canoe Brook without a paddle.

The USGA announced Wednesday that the 16-year-old Wie will be one of 153 players in the 36-hole sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club looking for 18 spots in the Open. And that field includes 63 touring professionals, not counting Wie, featuring major championship winners Mark O'Meara and Mark Brooks.

Billy Andrade and J.P. Hayes, who are also multiple winners, will be on hand, and so will Brett Quigley, who has made more than $5 million as a pro.

Wie plays the shorter South Course, 6,632 yards and a par 70, in the morning, then the 7,066-yard, par-72 North Course in the afternoon.

Wie was the medalist in local qualifying at Turtle Bay and is the first woman to advance to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.