Wie to Be Offered Another PGA Tour Exemption

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WASHINGTON -- Michelle Wie probably will not accept an invitation to play in a PGA Tour event in Washington.
 
The Booz Allen Classic will offer the 14-year-old sensation an invitation to play on a sponsor's exemption 'in the very near future,' said Michael Myers, senior vice president of Kemper Sports, which runs the tournament.
 
Wie missed the cut by one stroke at the Sony Open in Hawaii, her first PGA Tour event. The Booz Allen Classic is one of several tournaments expected to offer her a chance to try again.
 
But the timing is bad. The Booz Allen is June 24-27, which conflicts with the U.S. Amateur Public Links in Williamsburg, Va. Wie won the event last year, becoming the youngest champion of a USGA tournament for adults.
 
'Her intention is she wants to defend,' Wie's father, B.J. Wie, said Tuesday.
 
B.J. Wie said no one from Booz Alllen has contacted him. Asked about other prospective offers, he said: 'We wouldn't rush into anything. The PGA Tour has the best players in the world. And she's still young.'
 
The Booz Allen Classic, known for decades as the Kemper Open before a couple of sponsorship changes, rarely attracts many marquee players. In past years it was promoted as a warm-up to the U.S. Open, but this year's tournament will take place one week after the Open, a tougher spot on the PGA Tour calendar.
 
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