Michelle Wie considers opening 2010 in Asia


Golf Channel released its television schedule of LPGA events Wednesday with coverage to begin at the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand event in six weeks.

A big question: When will Michelle Wie make her 2010 debut?

Originally, Wie didn’t plan to play the opening Asian swing because she’s carrying such a heavy load at Stanford this winter quarter, but GolfChannel.com has learned she's seriously considering teeing it up in both the season-opener in Thailand Feb. 18-21 and in the HSBC Women’s Champions event in Singapore the following week.

Wie’s commitment to college while playing the LPGA is evident in the fact that she’s taking 20 credits this quarter to meet the pace of a junior. She once again plans on taking a leave of absence in the spring quarter to concentrate on tour golf. While those in the know say she wants to make the Asian trip, she’s meeting with her professors to see about her workload and whether she can fulfill her class requirements playing there.

Don't be surprised to see Wie in Asia, which will be a terrific boost for the tour and the start of new commissioner Michael Whan's tournament reign. Wie, who broke through to win her first LPGA event in Mexico in November, took one of her final exams (in statistics) while competing at the Dubai Ladies Masters last month.

If Wie decides the Asian trip interferes too much with her Stanford workload, she plans to make her debut in the American start of the schedule in the third event of the season, the LPGA Classic Presented by J Golf at La Costa Resort & Spa March 25-28.