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Wie Needs To Get Focus On Lpga And Off Pga

January 01, 2007|By DON MARKUS | DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER

The recent announcement by Michelle Wie that she plans on attending Stanford beginning next fall will only be meaningful if the teen-age golf sensation also changes her focus and forgets about her fantasy of playing on the PGA Tour someday.

Playing in the prescribed number of LPGA events on sponsor's exemptions - she is allowed six - as well as the U.S. Women's Open and Women's British Open should be more than an adequate test for a player who still apparently doesn't want to be a full-time golfer at age 17.

Winning this year's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace, where she finished second two years ago and tied for fifth last year, is far more important for Wie's career than trying to make the cut at some second-tier PGA Tour stop - even if it does cost her some money from Nike in bonuses.

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