DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michelle Wie has been playing LPGA Tour events since she was in the seventh grade, drawing the biggest galleries because of her youth and power but earning little respect from players because of her preferential treatment.
In the 62 tournaments she has played over the last seven years, Wie received 53 exemptions or invitations.
The next time the 19-year-old from Hawaii tees it up, she finally can feel like she belongs.
Wie opened with three straight bogeys before settling down in blustery conditions yesterday for a 2-over 74, finish among the top 20 players at qualifying school to become a card-carrying member of the LPGA Tour. Wie finished in a tie for seventh.
Lisa Strom of North Wales shot a 69 for a 90-hole score of 348 at LPGA International, which tied her with Wie, as she also earned her 2009 tour card. Strom is a graduate of Lansdale Catholic High and Ohio State.
Former NCAA champion Stacy Lewis, who had to go through Q-school because the LPGA Tour does not count earnings from the U.S. Women's Open, finished on top of the standings.
Lewis, who tied for third in her pro debut at the Open, birdied her last two holes for a 69, giving her a 3-shot victory over Amy Yang.
Wie said she will return to Stanford for the winter quarter but plans a full LPGA schedule next year.
COOLUM, Australia - Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, won the Australian PGA by 2 strokes, closing with a 3-under-par 69 at the Hyatt Regency resort course. Third-round leader Mathew Goggin faded with three bogeys in seven holes and finished second after a 72.
SUN CITY, South Africa - Henrik Stenson of Sweden shot a 4-under 68 and cruised to a 9-shot win over American Kenny Perry at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Stenson finished with a 21-under 267 total on the Gary Player Course for the second-largest winning margin in the history of the tournament, behind Nick Price's 12-shot triumph in 1993.