- Title: FRANCE: TEENAGE GOLFER MICHELLE WIE TAKES PART IN EVIAN MASTERS GOLF
- Date: 19th July 2005
- Summary: Evian,France - REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PRACTICING 2. VARIOUS OF MICHELLE WIE WALKING ON GOLF COURSE WITH HER MOTHER 3. MICHELLE WIE PLAYING GOLF 4. VARIOUS OF MICHELLE WIE 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING: "Well it's very exciting, you know, it's a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot, so it's been great." 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING: "Well sometimes I feel 15, sometimes I don't, it's hard to tell whether you actually feel like 15, but I have a lot of fun, so that's great." 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE ANSWERING TO WHY SHE THINKS THERE IS SO MUCH ATTENTION FOR HER IN PARTICULAR AS A GOLFER: "I don't know, it's always been in my dreams since I started playing, so I'm having a lot of fun." 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE TALKING ABOUT OTHER GOLFERS: "Well, I learn a lot from them, it's really fun and I work hard, and they're awesome players, awesome people, so I just love being with them." 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING WHAT SHE GETS FROM THE COMPETITIONS: "Well I don't know, I can't really explain it, it's just something that always really wanted to do." 10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE TALKING ABOUT THE PUBLIC LINKS SHE LOST: "Yes, I was pleased and disappointed at the same time, but hopefully I'll have more chances." 11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE TALKING ABOUT HER SCHOOL FRIENDS: "Not really, they all respect what I'm doing, hopefully they really realise that's what I want to do deep inside, it's been really good so far." 12. MICHELLE WIE SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS. 13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE TALKING ABOUT HER POTENTIALLY PIONEERING ROLE IN THE CHANGE OF BRITISH OPEN REGULATIONS: "It's really exciting that it happened, I don't do it intentionally, but it's very awesome that it does happen." 14. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING WHO HER ROLE MODELS ARE: "Definitely Annika (Sorenstam), she's awesome, I played with her a lot of times and I still think she's very good." 15. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING HOW SHE DEALS WITH TRANSITION FROM GOLF TO SCHOOL: "It's pretty hard, I'm looking forward to going back to school, but I enjoy both, so it's hard to leave one over the other." 16. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING IF PEOPLE ACT DIFFERENTLY WITH HER AT SCHOOL: "Not really, it's all pretty normal." 17. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE WIE SAYING WHAT HER MIDTERM AIM IS: "Obviously I want to win a tournament for this season, so hopefully I'll be able to do that." 18. MICHELLE WIE LEAVING Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: EVIAN, FRANCE
- Country: France
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- Story Text: Michelle Wie makes her second appearance at the
Teenage prodigy Michelle Wie is resetting her sights
on the women's game this week, five days after narrowly
missing out on her lifelong dream to qualify for the U.S. Masters.
Bidding to become the first female to play in a men's
major, the 15-year-old schoolgirl from Hawaii made it to
the last eight of last week's U.S. Amateur Public Links
tournament before losing in matchplay format to the
Wie was hoping to win the event, thereby earning an
invite for next year's Masters.
The six-foot (1.83-metre) Wie is already out-hitting
most of her women rivals, and many of the men, with regular
drives of 300-yards plus.
In January 2004 she became only the fourth female, and
the youngest overall, to play an event on the men's PGA
Tour, missing the cut by one stroke.
In her second crack at the men's circuit, in this
month's John Deere Classic, Wie missed the cut by two
The American looks set to become the first female to
make a men's cut and maybe even become a regular on the
"They're awesome players and awesome people so I really
love being with them, " Wie said. "I can't really explain
it beyond that, it's just something I've always wanted to
Wie, yet to win her first senior tournament,
comfortably handled the questions posed at a packed news
Despite still putting her studies before her golf, Wie
has shone on the women's circuit this year.
The teenager was a runner-up at the SBS Open and the
LPGA Championship, where she was beaten by Swedish world
number one Annika Sorenstam.
Nine-times major winner Sorenstam, 34, will be among
those challenging Wie in a strong Evian field which also
includes American Juli Inkster and Australia's Karrie Webb.
It is a daunting line-up but for Wie it seems there are
other things to worry about.
"I'm looking forward to going back to school," she
said. "But I enjoy both, so it's hard to leave one over the
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