Men's events tempts Wie

Michelle Wie speaks at a press conference at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club for the Canadian Women's...

Michelle Wie speaks at a press conference at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club for the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

If you think all those PGA debacles have humbled Michelle Wie, rattled her confidence to that point that she's too scared to give the mens' tour another shot, guess again.

She might have had some spectacular failures in her quest to become the first woman to make a PGA weekend, but they haven't dampened her enthusiasm.

"Definitely that is still part of my plan," she said.

"That's the reason I started playing golf. That's the reason I'm going to keep playing golf."

Previous attempts haven't gone particularly well, however. At the 2006 John Deere Classic she was eight-over, 10 shots above the cutline when she withdrew from exhaustion.

In a European men's event she was last among 156 players, missing the cut by 14 strokes. At the 84 Lumber Classic she was 14 over after two rounds and finished dead last. Casio World Open in Japan, dead last. At the 2007 Sony Open, she missed the cut by 14. All it does is make her want it more.

"Obviously winning on the LPGA is also very important to me," she said.

"But making the cut on the PGA is also very important to me as well."

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa is miles better than Wie, but doesn't see herself trying to make the leap anytime soon.

She says there's a difference between a Hall of Famer like Annika Sorenstam trying to make the cut at the Colonial, after accomplishing all there was to accomplish on the LPGA, than trying to do it on a whim.

"Never say never,"said Ochoa. "But what I want to do for sure is do what I want to do here and dominate where I am in women's golf. I don't believe men's golf is near to women's golf. It's very different in every aspect.

"Like Annika, what she did, I think it was great because she needed to push herself and she needed to see how far she could go. But I don't have that opinion for other players because I think it's much better just going one step at a time, play junior golf, play college golf, play in the LPGA, and then when you dominate and you do all the big things, then maybe you can go ahead and play, maybe, one week with the men."

PGA regular Luke Donald tends to agree. He said earlier this year that they don't care for it much when someone's motivation for entering a PGA event is little more than trying to make headlines.

"Whether it's Michelle or anyone else, if their goal is just to come here and make a cut, I don't think you're here for the right reason," he said.

"I would say, 'Go play the LPGA Tour and feel like you're going to win every week (first).' "

U.S. and Canadian Open champion Cristie Kerr says the publicity is good, and likes that Sorenstam was going to donate any money she won at the Colonial to charity, but she'd rather see the best female players boosting the image of their own tour.

"Michelle Wie has done nothing but help the game to grow," said Kerr. "But I think that, on the whole, we should be all trying to help the women's game grow on the LPGA Tour.

"I think it's what we can do now and I think that's where we should stay."

Nevertheless, Wie won't be deterred.

"I think my main goal is just to be happy as a person," she said.

"If making the cut on the PGA does that, great. If going to school does that, that's awesome, too. Winning on the LPGA? Great, too. I have a lot of goals for myself, but the most important thing is to be happy. And I think I'm doing that."


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