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Wie to wow crowds at Aus Women's Open

AMERICAN superstar Michelle Wie has confirmed she will play next month's Women's Australian Open at Royal Adelaide.

CROWD favourite Michelle Wie is coming to Adelaide.

The ground-breaking American is one of the most popular players on the LPGA Tour and has a truly remarkable list of achievements through a decorated career.

Still only 27, Wie is making her first visit to play the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open since 2013 at Royal Canberra.

And after an injury-plagued 2016 season, Wie is excited that Royal Adelaide will be a key stepping stone back to the form that enabled her to win the 2014 Women’s US Open.

 “It’s tremendous to come back to Australia, I can’t believe it’s been four years since I was last there in Canberra,” Wie said.

“Royal Adelaide is obviously a course known around the world and the girls spoke so highly of South Australia last year that I can’t wait to see not only the club, but everything going on around the state, too.

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“I’m really excited about what the season ahead will hold for me and I’m hopeful that Adelaide will put me on the right track to a successful year.”

Tournament director Trevor Herden said Wie’s commitment to the Open was a real coup for South Australia.

“Michelle is a huge drawcard, a player you just have to watch – she’s instantly recognisable and has a great rapport with her fans,” he said. 

“She’s done so many things – such as breaking age records and playing on the PGA Tour – that people tend to overlook her outstanding LPGA Tour resume.

“Michelle has won the US Open, but also finished second twice in other majors, third in three more and has a total of 11 major top-10s – it’s an imposing record.

“It’s no wonder people flock to see her play and she’ll add a lot of `wow factor’ to the week at Royal Adelaide.”

Wie joins a field already containing world No.1 Lydia Ko, world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn, world No.8 Brooke Henderson, defending champion Haru Nomura and top-ranked Australian trio Minjee Lee, five-time champ Karrie Webb and Su Oh.

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