Wie, Sorenstam prepare for Samsung Challenge

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Sixteen-year-old Hawaii golfer Michelle Wie is all set to make her professional debut at Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert.

Palm Desert:

Sixteen-year-old Hawaii golfer Michelle Wie is all set to make her professional debut, teeing it up today in the first round of the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, California. As an amateur, Wie played 24 times on the LPGA Tour since she was 12. She has made her last 16 cuts on the LPGA. Her three runner-up finishes this year include the LPGA Championship. But while Michelle Wie is dominating the headlines, world number one Annika Sorenstam is enjoying some rare time away from the limelight as she prepares to win this event for the fifth time. The Samsung World Championship has only 18 players and no cut, the field determined by major champions and top players from the money list. So while it will be a tough test for Wie, she's guaranteed at least a top twenty finish. Wie tees off in the second-to-last group with Cristie Kerr, while Annika Sorenstam and Solheim Cup star Paula Creamer will be in the final group today at Bighorn.

Topics : Golf
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