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Michelle Wie was the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur golf championship. At age 13, she became the youngest player ever to win a USGA adult event.
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Others speculated that her poor performance was the cause of her withdrawal and indicated that she may have been worried about the LGPA??s 88 rule that prevents any player who doesn??t break 88 in a round to complete that competition or compete in other LPGA events for the rest of the season.
The remainder of the season continued to be dismal for Wie. At the 2007 Women??s British Open, she failed to make the cut and she finished second-to-last at the Samsung World Challenge.
Wie seemed to be faring better. She had a sixth place finish at the Ladies German Open. At the Wegman??s LGPA in June, Wie ended up in a three-way tie for 24th place with Mi Hyun Kim and Jennifer Rosales. She started out strong at the State Farm Classic in July, but she ended up being disqualified for a rules violation. This time she left the scoring area without signing her scorecard after a day??s round, which is against the LPGA rules.
This disqualification puts Wie in a challenging position if she wants to avoid having to qualify for next year??s LPGA tour. Those players with high enough earnings are automatically included in the next season. For Wie, this means she must earn $80,000 at her final event for the season??the CN Canadian Women??s Open in August.
In late July, Wie decided not to play in the Women's British Open. She instead chose to try for a spot at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, a PGA event. Some of her peers in the LPGA openly questioned her decision. "I really don't know why Michelle continues to do this," said Annika Sorenstam according to an Associated Press report. "I think, if she wants to be a golfer, she should really concentrate on being on the women's tour and dealing with them and learning to win," added Helen Alfredsson.
At the Reno-Tahoe Open, Wie missed making the cut for PGA Tour, shooting 80 in her second round. She told reporters that "I feel my game is a lot better. Obviously the score doesn't show it, but I know now what I need to work on." After the event, Wie expressed that she was uncertain whether she would try her luck at another PGA tournament in the future.
In addition to golf, Wie is a part-time student at Stanford University.
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