Open waits on Wie

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

The Big Wiesy could be on her way to Ottawa.

A report in the latest edition of Golf World has Michelle Wie, the star-crossed former teen sensation, accepting a sponsor's exemption to play in the CN Canadian Women's Open Aug. 11-17 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

Canadian Open tournament director Sean Van Kesteren confirmed he had extended a sponsor's exemption to Wie the last time he was in Ottawa, but said he had not heard back from the Wie camp.

Ron Sirak, an editor and columnist at Golf World, said Wie will play here as part of a three-week run on the LPGA Tour in August, all on sponsors' exemptions. He's well-connected to the LPGA; he was in front of the pack on the Annika Sorenstam retirement announcement.

Wie captured headlines as a precocious teenager, playing in events on six different men's tours on sponsors' exemptions, but failing to have any success beyond generating headlines and selling a few tickets. She struggled through most of last year after breaking a wrist while jogging. In her most recent event, she shot 81-75 and missed the cut at the Women's U.S. Open.

Her last win was the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links and she has been surpassed by her peers now. She will be 19 in October. The last two women's majors were won by 19-year-olds -- Inbee Park, who took the U.S. Open and Yani Tseng, who was victorious at the McDonald's LPGA Championship.

OVERTON A CUT ABOVE

At Bethesda, Md., Jeff Overton continued his one-week turnaround yesterday with a 5-under 65, giving him a share of the 36-hole lead with Tom Pernice Jr. in the AT&T National before storms rained on the Fourth of July atmosphere at Congressional and interrupted the second round.

Anthony Kim, living up to his billing as the next young threat in golf, was two shots behind with four holes remaining.

Overton hasn't finished in the top 20 all year. He had not broken par since the last week in April. He missed the cut at the Buick Open last week.

He stuck around Detroit for a British Open qualifier and was 9-under over two rounds to earn a ticket to Royal Birkdale. He showed up at Congressional and hasn't stopped.

"I've hit a lot of great shots the last few weeks. It's been frustrating lipping out a lot of putts," Overton said.

Mike Weir of Bright's Grove missed the cut after shooting 76 for a two-round total of 8-over 148.

With play suspended, the cut was bouncing between 2 and 3-over.


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