The exemption was expected, especially after Wie came within one shot of making the cut at the Sony Open last year.
'This is really great,' Wie said in a telephone interview. 'I had such a great experience last year. Hopefully I'll do a lot better. My goal is to be in the top 20.'
Wie was 14 last January when she shot a 68 in the second round, the lowest score ever by a female competing exclusively against men. She finished at even-par 140 at Waialae Country Club.
In 2003, Wie became the youngest winner of an adult USGA championship when she captured the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.
The 6-foot 10th grader played her best in the LPGA's biggest events this year, finishing fourth in the Kraft Nabisco championship and tied for 13th in the U.S. Women's Open.
Just like last season, the Sony Open is the same week as her semester exams at Punahou School. Wie said she would take her exams next week to free herself up for practice at Waialae and at Kapalua on the island of Maui.