Wie will play in final LPGA Corning Classic

Staff reports

In her first full season as a member of the LPGA Tour, 19-year-old Michelle Wie has committed to play in the final LPGA Corning Classic.

Wie, whose golf career began at age 10, made headlines early when she played in her first LPGA event, as well as the 2004 PGA Sony Open. While she missed the cut, Wie went on to play in seven tournaments alongside the men.

“We fully expect to have a very strong and attractive field of popular players for this, our final LPGA Corning event – maybe our best ever,” said Jack Benjamin, tournament president. “We expect to put on a really competitive show for our fans.”

At 15, Wie finished second at the 2005 McDonald’s LPGA Championship and tied for third at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open.

In four events this season, her first full year after earning her card at Q-school last fall, Wie has a second place at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay and a 10th place at the Corona Championship in Mexico. She is currently 22nd on the 2009 money list with $142,756.

The Corning field includes 14 of the LPGA Tour’s 2009 top 20 money winners: Jiai Shin (No. 2), Cristie Kerr (3), Yani Tseng (5), Suzann Pettersen (7), Brittany Lincicome (8), Pat Hurst (9), Paula Creamer (11), Katherine Hull (12), Kristy McPherson (13),  Lindsey Wright (16), Hee Young Park (17), Song-Hee Kim (18), Sun Young Yoo (19) and Eun-Hee Ji (20).

This year’s tournament runs May 21-24. Advance tickets are available at the tournament office on LPGA Drive in front of Corning Country Club.

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