News just came down that teen dream Michelle Wie, who has been[photopress:wie_1.jpg,full,alignright] injured all year, will appear in Edmonton for the CN Women’s Open:
Oakville, Ont. (RCGA) – CN and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that teenage phenom Michelle Wie has accepted a sponsors exemption and will be at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton this August 13-19 to compete for the $2.25 million (US) CN Canadian Womens Open.
One of the worlds most recognized international athletes, Wie began making headlines in 2002 where she competed in LPGA Tour events as a 12-year old. Success as an amateur would follow with 11 top-15 finishes in 24 LPGA Tour starts from 2002-2005 including five top-5 finishes.
“The CN Canadian Womens Open is the perfect place for my first ever tournament in Canada,” said Wie. “I’m excited to get out there and play again and especially excited to make my professional debut in Canada.”
The question is what Wie Edmonton will get to see — the sensation that played well, but did not win, on the LPGA last year, or the beaten child, appearing older than her years, who had her hat handed to her on the European Tour and PGA Tour last fall. The two arm injuries she’s had this year — and the decision to let her play at the Sony Open where she was clearly unprepared — make me question the judgement of those advising her.
Of course this is a huge win for the RCGA — but they only get it because Wie has been injured and hasn’t been able to play through her limited exemptions on the LPGA Tour. Still it will bring excitement — and maybe even some television viewership — for the event, which was outstanding in 2006.