Michelle Wie looks to rebound at Canadian Open

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Michelle Wie, who was disqualified from her last women's tournament, marks her return to the LPGA Tour at the Canadian Women's Open which begins Thursday at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

The 18-year-old Wie was disqualified from the State Farm Classic in July for failing to sign her scorecard after the second round.

LPGA officials failed to catch the mistake right away so Wie was allowed to play the third round, leaving her a shot off the lead before being notified of the infraction.

This wasn't the first time Wie had been disqualified for a rules infraction as a pro.

She was disqualified from the 2005 Samsung World Championship for taking an improper drop. It was her first tournament as a pro.

Wie will need a strong showing in order to secure her LPGA Tour card for next season.

Wie has earned 26,249 dollars, nearly 84,000 dollars behind Moira Dunn, who is 80th on the money list.

The top-80 players automatically secure an LPGA card for next year.

If she fails to earn her tour card, Wie would have to go to qualifying.

"I'm not going to think about the future right now," Wie said.

Wie heads to Canada after some disappointing performances against on the men's professional tour.

She missed the cut for the eighth time in as many tries when she competed in the Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour earlier this month.

Her best showing on the LPGA Tour this year was a tie for 24th at the Wegmans in June.

She has never won a 72-hole stroke play tournament in junior or the pros but organizers are still pleased to have her in the field.

"Michelle's global notoriety will no doubt attract a following at Ottawa Hunt and I'm sure golf fans will offer her a tremendous welcome as she challenges the world's best players," tournament director Sean Van Kesteren said.

Wie also is also looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm really excited to play here and I'm really excited to be here, too," Wie said. "It's a great golf course, and I think it's going to be a great last event."

The top-ranked women's player in the world is entered this week as defending champion Lorena Ochoa aims for seventh title of the year.

This week's field includes nine of the top-10 players in the world.

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