Wie To Play In John Deere Classic


Michelle Wie will play in the PGA Tours John Deere Classic the week after the U.S. Womens Open, The Golf Channel has learned.
It will mark the first time the 15-year-old Hawaiian sensation will play in a PGA Tour event on the mainland. Wie has played in the last two Sony Opens in her home state.
Michelle Wie
The John Deere Classic will be the third PGA Tour start for Michelle Wie.
Clair Peterson, the John Deere Classic tournament director, confirmed Monday that his event had offered Wie a sponsors exemption. There are a lot of people in our town and region who would love to see her golf game, Peterson said. We feel our golf course would be well-suited to her game. Its a shotmakers course.
The John Deere Classic will be played July 7-10 on the TPC at Deere Run which plays at 7,193 yards. It is located in Silvis, Ill.
Peterson and Wies father, B.J. Wie, entered into talks about a sponsors exemption for Michelle prior to last years John Deere Classic. When that didnt work out, Peterson made it clear to the elder Wie that he would be interested in Wie playing at John Deere in the future.
Wie contacted Peterson two weeks ago. And the sponsors exemption was subsequently offered and accepted. The John Deere Classic has a long history of using its sponsors exemptions to attract top young talent. The list includes Tiger Woods, Todd Hamilton, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard, David Gossett, Charles Howell, Casey Wittenberg and Bill Haas.
Peterson acknowledged that The John Deere Classic might be criticized in some quarters for inviting Wie. But, he said, we are doing what we feel is best for our event. This is why they give us unrestricted sponsors exemptions.
Wies schedule for the summer includes the McDonalds LPGA Championship June 9-12; Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Public Links June 14; The Womens Open; The John Deere; The Evian Masters in France July 20-23 and the Weetabix Womens British Open the following week.
She is also attempting to qualify for the mens U.S. Open and plans to play the U.S. Womens Amateur in Atlanta the first week in August.
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