Wie goes home for LPGA LOTTE Championship

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Michelle Wie of the USA plays her second shot at the par 4, 13th hole during the second round of the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

April 19 2012, Ward Clayton

The last time Michelle Wie went home to play in a professional golf tournament, she was still engrossed in studies at Stanford University. Now, the 22-year-old Stanford graduate can focus on her golf game as she plays in her home state for the first time in three years. Ko Olina Golf Club, the site of this week’s LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf, is located about 30 minutes west of her childhood home in Honolulu.

Wie, who completed her course work in Communications in March, will have the unusual circumstance of being the oldest player in her threesome during the first two rounds of the LOTTE Championship. She is paired with Lexi Thompson, age 17, and Jessica Korda, age 19 – both winners in the last seven months on the LPGA. They are scheduled to tee off at 8:55 a.m. (Hawaii time) on No. 1 in Wednesday’s first round and noon on No. 10 in Thursday’s second round. It is the LPGA’s first tournament in Hawaii since 2009.

Wie first competed as an amateur in a LPGA event at the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic when she became the youngest player to Monday qualify for a LPGA event at age 12 years, 4 months, 14 days. In five LPGA starts in Hawaii from 2002-2009, she recorded two runner-up finishes – as a 15-year-old at the 2005 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, two behind winner Jennifer Rosales, and the 2009 SBS Open at Turtle Bay, three behind winner Angela Stanford. Additionally, as a 16-year old, Wie shot a final-round 66 at the 2006 Fields Open in Hawaii – played at this week’s site, Ko Olina – to finish third, one stroke out of a playoff. She also made four of her eight career sponsor exemption starts on the PGA Tour at the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Wie has won twice on the LPGA, at the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Here’s a look at Wie’s professional history in tournaments in Hawaii:

Wie score
Feb. 28-Mar 2, 2002
LPGA Takefuji Classic
Waikoloa Beach Resort
Annika Sorenstam
72-74, age 12,
MC by 3
Feb. 24-26, 2005
SBS Open at Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay Resort
Jennifer Rosales
70-70-70, age 15,
T2 by 2
Feb. 23-25, 2006
Fields Open in Hawaii
Ko Olina GC
Meena Lee
67-70-66, age 16,
third by 1
Feb. 21-23, 2008
Fields Open in Hawaii
Ko Olina GC
Paula Creamer
69-73-78, age 18,
Feb. 12-14, 2009
SBS Open at Turtle Bay
Turtle Bay Resort
Angela Stanford
66-70-73, age 19,
2nd by 3
PGA Tour
Jan. 15-18, 2004
Sony Open in Hawaii
Waialae CC
Ernie Els
72-68, age 14,
MC by 1
Jan. 13-16, 2005
Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae CC Vijay Singh
75-74, age 15,
MC by 7
Jan. 12-15, 2006
Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae CC David Toms
79-68, age 16,
MC by 4
Jan. 11-14, 2007
Sony Open in Hawaii Waialae CC Paul Goydos
78-76, age 17,
MC by 14

Topics: Wie, Michelle, LPGA Lotte Championship

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