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Wie offers no advice to Ko, 15, on turning pro

Michelle Wie
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Richard Finch of England in action during the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic Pro Am held at The Vines Golf Club February 18, 2009 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)  - 

Should Lydia Ko turn pro?

There’s a growing buzz about her future after the 15-year-old amateur sensation won the New Zealand Women’s Open last week for her third professional title in 53 weeks.

Michelle Wie, who turned pro just days before her 16th birthday, likes the affable Ko. Wie was asked what advice she would give Ko about turning pro.

“I have no advice for her,” Wie said. “Turning pro or not turning pro, going to college, not going to college, it’s a very personal decision. It’s not something someone can say: `I think you should turn pro. I think you should stay an amateur. I think you should do this or that.’

“It’s her life; it’s her career. When I turned pro, I really wanted to turn pro. That was a very personal decision for me. I really wanted to do that, and I have no regrets. I hope she makes the right decision for her. Whatever decision she makes, it has to really just be on her and what she wants to do.”

Wie, Ko and Yani Tseng are paired together in the first two rounds of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open this week.

“She’s a phenomenal player,” Wie said. “The fact that she’s won three times in the last 53 weeks, it’s phenomenal. She’s really a nice person as well. She seems like she has a great head on her shoulders. She just seems like a kid. So, I hope she stays that way, and she just keeps getting better. I hope she just enjoys it.”