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Wie will attempt to qualify for men's U.S. Open

INCHEON, South Korea -- Michelle Wie is chasing history yet again.

For the second straight year, Wie will attempt to become the first woman to play in the men's U.S. Open by entering a local qualifier in Honolulu on May 15.

If she advances to sectional qualifying in Summit, N.J., she will have a chance to become the first woman ever to earn a tee time in the USGA's most prestigious event, held this year at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Wie shot a 4-over 76 at her local qualifier last year and finished in a tie for sixth. The top four moved on to sectional qualifying.

The USGA does not have a gender restriction on qualification for the men's Open. However, minors such as Wie must be entered by a parent or guardian, and applications must include a phone number for the family physician.

The USGA said on its website that it as accepted 8,584 entries for the Open, third-most in history. The record is 9,048 entries for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. To enter, players must have a handicap index of 1.4 or less, or be a professional.

Entries from all 50 states and 62 foreign countries are included.

Seventy players are exempt into the tournament. Champions get a 10-year exemption; others exempt will include the top 50 players in the World Rankings, the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour and the top two money leaders on the European Tour at the end of May.

Among the others: Winner and runner-up of the 2005 U.S. Amateur, the last five British Open, Masters and PGA champions, the 2006 Players Championship winner, the 2005 U.S. Senior Open champ, the top 15 finishers from last year's U.S. Open, the top 30 on the 2005 PGA Tour money list and the top 15 on the final 2005 European Tour money list, plus a number of other categories.

Ryan Simpson of Mechanicville, N.Y., is the youngest entrant (he was born on March 9, 1993); Ordean Olson of Hollywood, Fla., is the oldest (he will be 76 when the Open is played).

Last year, before turning pro, Wie made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Public Links championship before losing to eventual winner Clay Ogden, who was awarded an exemption to The Masters. Wie is no longer eligible for the PubLinks.

It is also unlikely that she will attempt to qualify for the men's British Open, which is allowing female qualifiers for the first time this year.

Wie is in South Korea this week as the only woman playing in the SK Telecom Open. She has also been named to Time Magazine's list of "Top 100 People Who Shape Our World."