Notes Wie Not Likely to Play Womens Am


2005 McDonaldHAVRE DE GRACE, Md. -- Playing in the Women's British Open might keep Michelle Wie from competing in the U.S. Women's Amateur.
The U.S. Women's Amateur starts Aug. 1 in Atlanta, the day after the final round of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale in England.
Wie is having trouble finding a flight that would get her to Atlanta in time for the first of two rounds of stroke play at Ansley Golf Club.
'It's kind of tough, we're trying to look for tickets but we arrive on the day the tournament starts,' Wie said Wednesday after her practice round for the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock. 'We arrive in the afternoon.
'We're still thinking about it, but the chances are very, very low.'
Wie has until her Monday tee time at the Women's Amateur to withdraw, according to the U.S. Golf Association.
Wie received exemptions into the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open. She also has qualified for the U.S. Women's Open later this month, having tied for 13th last year as a 14-year-old. In the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wie tied for 14th.
The opening round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday will be more important to Karrie Webb than the other 149 players in the field.
The moment Webb's ball hits the bottom of the cup at No. 18 at Bulle Rock, the 30-time winner will be in the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame.
The 30-year-old Webb is competing in her 10th event in her 10th LPGA Tour season, the final requirement for her entry into the hall.
The whole scenario might seem anticlimactic, but Webb is thrilled.
'Obviously, I'm very excited,' Webb said. 'I've known for a few years that all I've got to do was show up 10 times a year to complete the rest of the criteria. It's not like winning a tournament to get in -- but it's official.
'It's made me look back on things and made me appreciate what I've done.'
Webb is the only player to win the 'Super Slam.' She won the Kraft Nabisco (2000), U.S. Open (2000-01), LPGA Championship (2001) and du Maurier Classic (1999). The Women's British Open replaced the du Maurier in 2001, and Webb won at Turnberry a year later. She also has won at least once every year on tour.
She has a chance to make a memorable week extra special.
'I want to play well no matter what. It's a major,' Webb said. 'Hopefully, I don't get too caught up in it.
'I want to enjoy myself, but I want to play well, as well.'
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster was on the move Wednesday, forced to leave the condo she was renting after the hot water heater and air conditioner broke.
'The hot water heater exploded last night and the air conditioning stopped,' Inkster said. 'On a winter day, I don't think I'd mind it. But it was cooking last night. So I've got to move.'
Inkster had a nice setup when the LPGA Championship was played at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. She stayed with friends in nearby Malvern, Pa., along with her family.
Playing at Bulle Rock in Maryland for the first time, Inkster said she misses that comfortable feeling.
'Yeah, it's tough,' she said. 'I miss them. It was kind of like coming into an old shoe -- you just put them on and it fits.'
Inkster is looking for her third LPGA Championship title, after wins in 1999-00. And she enters the second major of the year on the heels of a second-place finish at the ShopRite Classic and five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments.
Michelle Wie can finally drive more than 300 yards at a time.
The 15-year-old Wie has her driver's permit and recently put it to use at an off-course trail in Western Pennsylvania.
'I got my permit, and we're driving back and forth, and I feel really proud,' Wie said. 'After I got my permit, we were in Pittsburgh, and they had a Hummer off-course trail, so I was doing that, going over logs and going into water. That was really cool.'
Wie is out of school for the summer, but admitted she was feeling pressure during final exams.
'I was so stressed out the last week of school,' she said. 'It was like exam, exam, exam, exam, and after the last one I felt so good and relieved.'
Wie found a unique way to work off the pressure of final exams.
After all my exams, I go out on the range and hit tons and tons of balls, like every teacher: Whack! My teachers were great this year, but after those exams, hitting balls was so good,' she said.
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