Wie Turns Down Canadian Sponsor Invite

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Michelle Wie turned down a sponsor exemption to play in the Canadian Women's Open.
 
Wie's father, B.J., notified the Royal Canadian Golf Association that the 14-year-old Hawaiian star would not play in the July tournament at Legends on the Niagara.
 
'(Mr. Wie) replied very graciously that they were honored to receive the invitation, but that Michelle was unable to accept it due to her previous commitments and travel schedule,' RCGA communications manager Allison King said Monday.
 
Last month, Wie missed the cut by a stroke in the Sony Open, a stunning effort that prompted seven other PGA Tour events to offer her exemptions. She has yet to accept any of the exemptions.
 
On Sunday, Wie closed with an even-par 72 to tie for 38th in the Hawaii Pearl Open at 2-under 214. Wie was the only female in the field of 192.
 
Her next big event is the LPGA Tour's Safeway International on March 18-21 in Superstition, Ariz. She also will play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the year, the following week in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
 
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