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Michelle Wie to Compete in Men's PGA Tour John Deere Classic Golf Tournament


American teenager Michelle Wie tries to make history this week when she competes in the men's PGA Tour John Deere Classic golf tournament in Silvis, Illinois.

Wie will take on the men for the ninth time in a professional event when she tees off in Thursday's opening round. The 16-year-old American has finished a combined five shots out of the lead in three LPGA Major tournaments this year, but has never made the weekend at a PGA Tour event.

With most of the top men's players in Britain, American Chris DiMarco is the highest-ranked player in this week's field. Defending champion Sean O'Hair is also entered, and says that Wie has a good chance of making the cut.

The last woman to make the cut in a PGA Tour event was Babe Zaharias in 1945. Wie made the cut in a men's tournament on the Asian Tour in May, but has never qualified for the third round of a PGA Tour event.

The leading player at the John Deere Classic who does not already have an exemption to play at this year's British Open will automatically earn a spot in the field at Royal Liverpool Golf Club next week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.