Wie Teeing It Up Against the Men Again

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Japanese TourKOCHI, Japan -- Forget about the making the cut. Michelle Wie came here to win the Casio World Open.
 
'Hopefully, I'll be able to put together four good rounds under par here, and my goal is to win the tournament,' said Wie, who practiced Tuesday at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club.
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie will be playing for a pay check for the first time against a men
Wie is making her sixth start in a men's professional tournament. She has failed to make the cut in three PGA starts, a Nationwide event and a Canadian fixture.
 
'You never know what's going to happen,' Wie said. 'I could play well. I could play bad, but hopefully I can be consistent and play well.'
 
The $1.17 million tournament, which starts Thursday, is the second-to-last event on the Japanese men's tour.
 
The tournament is the 16-year-old American's first since she was disqualified last month in her pro debut. At the LPGA Tour's Samsung World Championship, Wie was cited for signing an incorrect scorecard after dropping her ball closer to the hole. The LPGA said she should have added two strokes to her third-round 71.
 
Sophie Gustafson missed the cut in the 2003 Casio tournament, the only other time a female player has appeared in a top Japanese men's tour event.
 
Wie said playing in a men's tournament is always a big challenge, and that her ultimate goal is to make the field for the Masters.
 
'To play in men's tournaments I have to keep getting stronger and get more distance,' she said. 'There are so many great players both on the men's and women's side. Hopefully I can keep improving and eventually play in the Masters.'
 
Wie said turning pro has made her more motivated on the course. But off the course little has changed.
 
'I still go to school, hang out with my friends and go to movies,' she said.
 
After practice rounds on the 7,220-yard layout, Wie said the course has some unique features.
 
'The greens are quite fast and undulating,' she said. 'There are a couple of really long, challenging holes, and I love the snack stands that they have between holes. I wish we had those in America.'
 
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