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Wie looking to end major drop-off

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Michelle Wie tied for third at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open at Newport Country Club when she was 16 years old.

She looked like she would be an annual threat in the championship back then.

A year later at Pine Needles, fans wondered if she would ever be a factor again when she left the course fighting tears with a therapist examining her injured left wrist. She was 17 over through 27 holes.

In 2008, Wie missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen.

Last year, Wie didn’t qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.

She was asked Tuesday if she is ready to win a major.

“I want to win a major, so I better be ready,” Wie said. “I’m trying my hardest, and I’m playing my hardest.”

Wie had a mindboggling two-year run in the majors in her youth, finishing second at the ’05 LPGA Championship, tying for third at the ’05 Women’s British Open, tying for third at the ’06 Kraft Nabisco Championship, tying for fifth at the ’06 LPGA Championship and tying for third at the ’06 U.S. Women’s Open.

In her first 11 major championship appearances, she claimed seven top-10 finishes.

She’ll be looking this week for her first top 10 in a major in four years.