MICHELLE WIE is the latest big name announced for what is shaping as a fascinating 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Royal Canberra Golf Club.
The global golfing star will travel to Australia for the first time in February and will join the likes of world No.1 Yani Tseng, world No.3 Stacy Lewis, Australia’s Karrie Webb, defending champion Jessica Korda and Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger, in a packed international field.
Wie said was looking forward to starting the year in Australia at the open, which is jointly sanctioned by the LPGA Tour, ALPG Tour and Ladies European Tour.
“I’m really excited about coming down to Australia and making my Australian debut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Canberra,” the 23 year old American said this week.
“I want to get my 2013 schedule off to the best possible start and look forward to doing that at the Australian Open. I have heard a lot of great things about the event, the country and its golf courses and it will be great to play in front of the Australian crowds.”
Wie burst on to the international scene as a teenager setting a number of amateur records before turning professional as a 15 year-old in 2005.
In 2004 she became the youngest woman in history to compete against the men on the PGA Tour.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said Wie’s presence would have a fantastic impact on the championship.
“Michelle is one of the most recognisable names in world golf and we’re delighted that she will be coming to Australia for our National Championship,” Pitt said.
“Michelle’s presence adds even more global appeal to what is a very strong field in Canberra and we look forward to being in the spotlight in February.”
The championship, played at Royal Canberra Golf Club from 14-17 February, will be broadcast live on ABC1 on all four days.
Tickets for the championship are available via Ticketek or by calling 132 849.