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Posted at 4:18 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wie will tee off Thursday morning in elite LPGA event

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu's Michelle Wie will be paired with Christie Kerr Thursday and Friday in the Samsung World Championship, an elite event for the top 20 women's golfers.

Their tee time is 8:50 a.m. Thursday morning Hawai'i time. The 72-hole tournament will be played at Bighorn Golf Club, Canyons Course at Palm Desert, Calif.

The purse is $875,000, with $218,750 going to the winner.

Wie made her professional debut in this tournament last year, but was disqualified in a controversial manner when a Sports Illustrated sports writer convinced officials that Wie took an illegal drop in her round a day earlier.

Wie is making her eighth and final LPGA Tour start of the year. She is coming off last-place finishes in two men's events — the European tour's European Masters and the PGA Tour's 84 Lumber Classic.

During a press conference today, Wie was asked what's the first thing she thinks of about her memories from last year.

"I think that's pretty obvious," she said.

"I want to hear it from you," was the reply.

"Well, you know, there is a lot of memories, but obviously, let's put it this way, I have been practicing my drops," she said.