Wie Impresses Legends

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04 WendyWAILEA, Hawaii -- Michelle Wie certainly got Jack Nicklaus' attention Saturday in the Champions Skins Game pro-am. Standing from the champions tees on the first hole, Nicklaus asked the 14-year-old Wie which tees she wanted to hit from.
 
'Back here,' she replied.
 
'You want to play back here?' Nicklaus said. 'You want to embarrass me that much?'
 
Wie consistently outdistanced Nicklaus, who is 50 years her senior. But Nicklaus showcased his accuracy and iron game that earned him 73 PGA Tour titles, including 18 major championships.
 
'He outdrove me twice,' Wie said.
 
The other three amateur men in Nicklaus' group played from the forward tees.
 
Hundreds followed the group, while only a few dozen people watched the other groups.
 
'I like to watch the other guys, but I'm here to see Michelle,' said John Murphy, 62, of Connersville, Ind. 'I think she's fabulous. I think she's going to be one of the best golfers there ever was.'
 
So far, Wie has had some impressive playing partners. She played a practice round a couple weeks ago with Ernie Els before the PGA Tour's Sony Open in her hometown of Honolulu.
 
'He's more young obviously,' Wie said. 'It's different because Jack Nicklaus is a golf legend and Ernie Els is one of the top players now. But in the same way, they are both very nice and very good players.'
 
Wie said she was honored to play with Nicklaus.
 
'Just to see what he has done and see he can still play, is amazing,' she said. 'He hits the ball really good.'
 
Wie said Nicklaus gave her various tips, but the biggest lesson was: 'He told me that a lot of people is going to give me advice, but I should just trust myself.'
 
Before the pro-am, which was played in a scramble format, Wie was collecting autographs of Nicklaus and the other three World Golf Hall of Fame players.
 
'I have grand children older than she is,' Arnold Palmer said.
 
Wie wasn't just the youngest, she was also the tallest of Nicklaus, Palmer, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino.
 
Wie quickly recognized Trevino.
 
'I saw you in 'Happy Gilmore,'' she said.
 
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