Rookies to watch

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

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MICHELLE WIE, 19, U.S.

Wie needs no introduction. The heavy-hitting Hawaiian is arguably the biggest name in women's golf -- and she's still a teenager. At 11, Wie became the youngest golfer to qualify for an LPGA Tour tournament. Since then, she's entered 61 LPGA events -- never finishing better than second -- and has also played on the PGA Tour eight times.

JI-YAI SHIN, 21, SOUTH KOREA

Known as the 'Final-Round Queen' in South Korea, Shin was planning to play the pro circuit in Japan this season, but that all changed after she won the 2008 British Women's Open.

STACY LEWIS, 24, U.S.

Michelle Wie hogged the headlines at December's LPGA Tour Qualifying School, but Lewis won the darn thing. A former NCAA champion and four-time All-American with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Lewis made her professional debut at the 2008 U.S. Open, where she finished third.

ANNA NORDQVIST, 22, SWEDEN

The soft-spoken Swede announced her arrival at June's LPGA Championship, bagging her first major title in just her fifth start on North America's top tour. Before moving across the pond to join the golf team at Arizona State, Nordqvist cleaned up at amateur events in Sweden, dreaming of becoming the next Annika Sorenstam.

VICKY HURST, 19, U.S.

Hurst etched her name in the Duramed Futures Tour record book last summer, when she won US$114,107 on the developmental circuit despite skipping an event to attend her high school graduation. Hurst has drawn favourable comparisons to Michelle Wie.

MIKA MIYAZATO, 19, JAPAN

Miyazato's rise to stardom has been no surprise in her homeland, where she made headlines as a 14-year-old by becoming the youngest player to capture Japan's women's amateur crown.


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