Wie to Play in Womens British Open


Michelle Wie has accepted a special exemption and will be one of five amateurs who will play in the Weetabix Women's British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale from Julr 28-31.
In announcing her acceptance of the invitation Andy Salmon, CEO of the British Ladies Golf Union, said: 'We have followed Michelle's development over the last two years with great interest and admiration and in particular her performance in major championships. We have no doubt that she is ready to compete with the world's best players at Royal Birkdale.'
When she tees off at Royal Birkdale, Wie will be making only her second competitive appearance in the British Isles, following her first experience of links golf in the 2004 Curtis Cup match at Formby. There she won both her singles but was defeated in both foursomes.
Other amateurs who have qualified to play at Birkdale are Jane Park, the 2004 U.S. Ladies Amateur Champion, Clare Queen, the 2004 Ladies British Open Amateur Stoke Play Champion and Carlota Ciganda, the 2004 European Individual Champion. A place will be retained for the winner of the 2005 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship at Littlestone.
With the invitation, Wie is now scheduled to play in all four of the LPGA's major championships in 2005.
The field for the Weetabix Women's British Open, which was designated one of the four major championships by the LPGA in 2001, is set at 144.