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No brainer- Michelle Wie invited to play at the Kraft Nabisco Championship

The 17-year-old Hawaiian native has been invited to the first major championship of the 2007 LPGA season.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie was offered a sponsor invitation to the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Monday, among seven pros and six amateurs invited to the first LPGA Tour major of the year.

Tournament director Terry Wilcox said Wie will be making her fifth appearance at the Kraft Nabisco, although that was not immediately confirmed by her family.

The 17-year-old from Honolulu missed the cut at the Sony Open while playing with an injured left wrist that was tightly wrapped. She is not expected to play either of the two LPGA Tour events in Hawaii next month.

Wie had a chance to win the Kraft Nabisco last year until her eagle chip went 10 feet by the cup on the par-5 18th, and she missed a birdie putt that would have put her in a playoff with Karrie Webb and Lorena Ochoa. She has played every season since 2003, when she played in the final group at age 13 and tied for ninth.

Michelle also came close to winning the Kraft in 2004 before Grace Park edged out Aree Song.

I still feel Michelle’s attempts to play with the men are playing havoc with her golf game and she should give up the attempts. Her golf swing is no longer smooth but ragged instead and they may be why her wrist is injured. Michelle is trying to overpower the ball in her PGA attempts.

Based on her recent play and the injury, I’ll be surprised if Michelle contends at the Kraft in March.

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