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Mr. Wie, can Michelle come out and play?

Michelle Wie will get her first chance to earn a paycheck at this week's Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif. But where will we see her on the women's circuit in '06? Like it or not (see MY SHOT, page G14), she can't go everywhere: Because she's not an LPGA member, she's limited to six sponsor's exemptions, plus the U.S. Women's Open and the Weetabix Women's British Open, which are not LPGA events. Golf Plus called the directors of every U.S.-based LPGA tournament and asked if they'd offer her a tee time. With the exception of the State Farm Classic--where Doug Eibling said, sadly, "I'm not sure if we'll try. We're in September, so by then she'll likely have used all of her exemptions"--everyone said yes. Here's an educated guess at where she'll end up.

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Event

'05 Dates

Chances

Reason

Perks

SBS Open
at Turtle Bay

Feb 24-26

100%

It's a home game

Can sleep in own bed

Safeway
International

March 17-20

95%

Pairs well with Kraft Nabisco

Spring break in 'Zona, baby

Kraft
Nabisco

March 24-27

100%

Major!

Extended spring break

ShopRite
Classic

June 3-5

50%

Classic course near Atlantic City

Lots of Trump signs

McDonald's
LPGA
Championship

June 9-12

100%

Major!

Free Big Macs

Wegmans
Rochester

June 16-19

65%

Something to do between the LPGA and the Open

Bright lights of Pittsford, N.Y.

U.S. Women's
Open

June 23-26

100%

Major!

Tuneup for the John Deere?

Evian
Masters

July 20-23

95%

Why go to Europe for just one week?

Awesome shopping

Weetabix
Women's
British Open

July 28-31

100%

Major!

Showing off the mock turtlenecks

Safeway
Classic

Aug. 19-21

50%

Down the road from a certain clubmaker

Short hop home for senior year

 

PHOTO

DARREN CARROLL (WIE)