Wie criticized, but she's not concerned

RENO -- Michelle Wie has heard the criticism of her decision to play in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open this week instead of attempting to qualify for the Women's British Open.

Like most teenagers, the 18-year-old just wants to have a good time. She isn't worried about what Annika Sorenstam and other top LPGA players think of her decision, either.

"There are going to be criticisms entering this tournament, but at the same time I'm just doing what I feel like I want to do and it's going to be a lot of fun," Wie said.

Reno sports books have made Wie a 500-1 long shot in the second-tier tournament, which opens today. They aren't her only doubters.

Sorenstam, who failed to make the cut in her only PGA appearance, said at the Women's British Open earlier this week that if Wie can't qualify for a women's major, she has no business playing with the men.

David Duval, who has shown signs of regaining some of the form that won him the 2001 British Open, said Wie's playing on the PGA Tour "has never bothered me in the least."

But Wie said she doesn't care that some are critical of her decision to accept a special exemption to play at the event while the top 50 men are playing at the World Golf Championships in Ohio.

This will be Wie's eighth time on the PGA Tour. She has missed each cut and has only made money playing against men on the Korean Tour at the 2006 SK Telcom Open.


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Motor Sports

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College Football

Penn State defensive tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor, who were involved in off-field fights last year, have been kicked off the team by coach Joe Paterno.


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