Wie gets another shot at Sony cut
It will be her fourth try at making it to the weekend in the PGA tournament
Michelle Wie accepted an exemption yesterday from the title sponsor to play in the 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii.
This will be the fourth attempt to make a men's PGA cut at the Waialae Country Club event for the Punahou School student. Sony is among Wie's major sponsors. The tournament is Jan. 8 to 14.
"I like exemptions. It's like somebody says, 'Here, you can have $100,' or I can work for $100," Wie said to laughter at a news conference in Gov. Linda Lingle's Capitol office. "I'm very thankful for Sony for believing in me."
She came within one stroke of making the cut by shooting 72-68--140 at the Sony Open as a 14-year-old in 2004. Wie, 17, has also failed in two attempts at the John Deere Classic. She also missed the weekend at the 84 Lumber Classic.
Wie, who is playing with men at the Casio Open in Japan next week, made the cut in the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open last May. She has yet to win since turning professional last year, but played well in LPGA Tour events this past season, particularly majors. She tied for third in the Kraft Nabisco Open and the U.S. Women's Open, and tied for fifth at the LPGA Championship.
A news conference regarding Wie was held yesterday at the state capitol's executive chambers where Wie announced a major donation to help homeless people on the Waianae coast. She will purchase approximately 30 computers for Kamaile Elementary as well as help upgrade the room the computers will be in.
That includes paying for computer programs as well as buying new equipment, including a television, furniture and air conditioning for the room. She said this was just the beginning to help the homeless in the area.
"I'm just glad I'm in a position where I can help," Wie said.
The cost of the venture could be as much as $100,000, according to school officials.
The Associated Press also contributed to this report