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Will Michelle Wie play the LPGA’s first major of 2007?

At present there is some doubt.

Michelle Wie has played every LPGA major the last two years, but her next start is up in the air.

Greg Nared, her agent at the William Morris Agency, said the 17-year-old from Honolulu was starting to chip and putt after injuring her right wrist during a fall last month. Doctors at the time set the recovery at about two months.

Wie turned down an invitation to play next week outside Phoenix, and Nared said he was not sure whether she would play the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which starts April 29 in California. Wie finished one shot out of a playoff at the Nabisco last year.

“We’ll see where it goes,” Nared said. “If she can hit balls next week, we’ll take it from there.”

The Safeway International was moved back one week in the schedule to allow it go back-to-back with the Kraft Nabisco, and that made it more appealing to Wie, who is in her senior year of high school.

That she has turned down the invitation raises speculation that she won’t return from injury at a major championship.

If Michelle needs more time off from her wrist injuries, she should skip the Kraft Nabisco. Coming back too early could make her recovery take longer than needed or even make her wrist worse.

Also note- The Kraft Nabisco starts on March 29 not April 29. Now we can add senility in addition to little or no fact checking to the list of shortcomings for AP’s Doug Ferguson.

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