Wie Shrugs Off Criticism as She Enters PGA Tourney

RENO (AP) - Michelle Wie has heard the criticism of her decision to play in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open this week instead of attempting to qualify for the Women's British Open.

Like most teenagers, the 18-year-old just wants to have a good time. She isn't worried about what Annika Sorenstam and other top LPGA players think of her decision, either.

Wie is scheduled to tee off at about 2 pm Thursday at Reno's Montreux Golf & Country Club. More than 130 men are in the field.

Reno sports books have made Wie a 500-1 long shot in the second-tier tournament. They aren't the only doubters.

Sorenstam, who failed to make the cut in her only PGA appearance, says if Wie can't qualify for a women's major, she has no business playing with the men.

This will be Wie's eighth time on the PGA Tour. She has missed each cut.

Sports books have listed Scott McCarron, Ryan Moore, Ben Crane and Eric Axley as tournament co-favorites at 20-1 odds.

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