Golf-Wie to play in this week's Ladies German Open

LONDON Tue May 27, 2008 6:46pm BST

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LONDON May 27 (Reuters) - American teenager Michelle Wie, troubled by a wrist injury for more than a year, will make only her third appearance of the season in this week's Ladies German Open. It will be the first time the 18-year-old Hawaiian has competed in a full-field Ladies European Tour (LET) event.

"They gave me a sponsor's exemption and I thought, 'Wow, Munich," Wie told the LET's official Web site on Tuesday. "I have never been there and it's a great opportunity.

"I found at the last tournament I was really rusty and I need to play more tournaments."

Wie's two previous appearances this year were on the LPGA Tour, at the Michelob ULTRA Open in Virginia earlier this month and at the Fields Open in Hawaii in February.

"I feel a lot healthier and I want to start playing more and playing some good golf," said Wie, now studying fulltime at Stanford University.

"My goal is just to have fun and keep my head on straight and shoot some low scores. I've never played in Germany before."

Wie, who has five top-five finishes in major championships, has occasionally played on the men's PGA Tour and has been tipped to become one of the best female golfers of all-time.

The 72-hole Ladies German Open, which starts on Thursday, is being held on the outskirts of Munich at Golfpark Gut Hausern.

(Editing by Derek Parr)

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