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Winless Wie still wants to compete with the guys


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POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2009

CLIFTON, N.J. » Six years since gaining national attention as a 13-year-old golfing phenomenon, Michelle Wie still seeks that first win on the LPGA Tour and dreams of beating the boys on that other pro golf circuit.

A trip to Augusta also would be nice.

Wie raised a couple of eyebrows at a pre-tournament news conference for the LPGA Sybase Classic yesterday, when the 19-year-old matter-of-factly said that she hopes to win a PGA tournament and play in the Masters.

Granted, the questions were posed to the player who was anointed the next great women's golfer while still in middle school, but she didn't back off or even couch her answers by saying that would be something she would think about when she wins a couple of times against the best women's golfers.

Wie has not won a tournament since the 2003 USGA Women's Public Links Championship.

“;You know, like I always say, dream high and stuff, set your goals up high, and I think it's definitely — I'm not saying it's an easy goal to achieve,”; Wie said when asked about winning a men's tournament. “;I'm not going to be like, 'Oh, I'm going to go out and win a men's event.' It's not like that, but it's one of those long-term goals where I see myself getting to. I see myself getting there, and it's one of those goals that really motivates me and pushes me to be a stronger player, a better player.”;

Wie captured plenty of attention in 2006 when she made it to the final round of qualifying for the U.S. Open. Her threesome at Canoe Brook in nearby Summit, N.J., was mobbed and she excited the throng in the morning 18 with a chip-in for birdie on her final hole. She struggled in the afternoon and failed to make the men's Open field.

“;It was a lot of fun,”; Wie said. “;The U.S. Open means a lot to me, so just being able to do that, I gained a lot of experience, and it was a really nice golf course. I just remember it being a really long day, but it was definitely a fun experience.”;