Wie to Play Safeway

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SUPERSTITION, Ariz. -- Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old from Hawaii playing next week on the PGA Tour, has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Safeway International on the LPGA Tour in March.
 
Charlotta Sorenstam, the sister of Annika Sorenstam and a past champion of the tournament, received the other exemption to one of the strongest LPGA tournaments of the year.
 
Wie played seven times on the LPGA last year, making the cut in six events with a tie for ninth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a major.
 
'Michelle will showcase some of the great young talent that is out there in women's golf and bring a new excitement to the tournament,' said Tom Maletis, general chairman of the event.
 
The Safeway International, played March 18-21 at Superstition Mountain, has a $1.2 million purse and usually has 90 of the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour.
 
The tournament previously was played at Moon Valley in Phoenix, where Annika Sorenstam shot 59 in 2001.
 
B.J. Wie said his daughter likely will play six LPGA events this year, the maximum exemptions allowed.
 
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