Wie will get plenty of attention at St. Andrews

Aug 1, 2007 - 2:12 AM ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (Ticker) - Michelle Wie is sure to get plenty of attention this week at the Women's British Open, but she's also facing plenty of uncertainty.

Sure to be a star attraction when she tees it up for a first time in Scotland, a huge question mark hangs over the 17-year-old's form in the build-up to the final major of the season starting at the Old Course in St. Andrews on Thursday.

The Hawaiian is playing in her third British Open she tied for third in her debut at Royal Birkdale in 2005 and tied for 26th at Royal Latham a year ago when she was still regarded as a teenager with the potential to become the very best in the world.

Much has changed since.

This year has been a horror show for Wie. Sidelined for five months after breaking her wrist in a fall in January, Wie has only played in five tournaments this year. She's missed the cut in three and finished last in one.

On Sunday, she only managed to beat two players of the 72 who made the cut at the Evian Masters in France. But she was upbeat after her first practice round at the Old Course.

"It is the greatest honor to be here," she said. "It's the most interesting course I've ever played. You keep on having to play to different fairways. I've been doing that a lot recently. Just not on purpose."

All joking aside, Wie says her main goal this week is to play pain-free.

"The wrist is getting a lot better and this is just a tough stretch that I have to get through," she said. "I've had it pretty easy up until now, and this is the first bump. But I'm confident I'll get through it.

"My aim this week is to play like Tiger and get through the week without going into a bunker."

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