It was reported that Michelle Wie would finally decide to start her season at the Honda-PTT LPGA in Thailand next month. Thus, World No.1 Lorena Ochoa, was going to face a big threat from Wie.
“Michelle Wie officially committed this morning to play in the LPGA’s season-opening Honda-PTT LPGA Thailand February 18-21,” golfchannel.com said on Monday. Surang Prempree, managing director of organisers TV Channel 7, said that while there was a ‘90% chance’ that the 20-year-old American would make her debut at the Honda event at Siam Country Club in Pattaya she preferred not to officially confirm Wie’s participation prior to the registration deadline on February 2.
Part of the problem that has created a little doubt about her participation is the fact, says Golf Channel, she needs at least 20 credits to keep in line with her requirements as a junior at Stanford University in Northern California. She has apparently met with her professors to ensure sure she will be able to make the trip to Southeast Asia without jeopardizing her studies.
She also plans to take a leave of absence in the University’s spring quarter to focus on the LPGA Tour. In the meantime, some of the high profile golfers who have confirmed their entries for the Honad-PTT in Pattaya include Lorena Ochoa, World No.2 Jiyai Shin, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen.
With a field of this calibre, Surang is convinced that next month’s Honda event will be the biggest and the best-ever women’s golf tournament in Thailand.
Some 16,000 fans watched the final round at Siam Country Club last year and she believes the attendance this year would be much bigger if Wie plays.
Although the Honda tournament has been successful in helping boost the tourism industry of the country in general and Pattaya in particular, the organisers complain that there has been no sponsorship from the authorities. “It’s a pity. All our sponsors have been private firms,” said an organiser.
golf clubs in Wie’s bag:
Driver: Nike SQ Tour
3 wood: Nike SQ 15°
Irons (2-Pitching Wedge): Nike Forged Blades
Sand Wedge: Nike Forged 56°
LW: Nike Forged 60°
Putter: Nike Oz Prototype with C-Thru Grip
Golf Ball: Nike One Platinum
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