|Eberl (left) and Wie (right) in a press conference|
“I feel a lot healthier and I want to start playing more and playing some good golf. My goal is just to have fun and keep my head on straight and shoot some low scores. I’ve never played here in Germany before. All the players seem really fun and have really welcomed me.”
Wie will tee off at 9am local time in the first round on Thursday with the 2007 Madrid Ladies Masters champion Martina Eberl from Germany, who is competing on her home course, and Spain’s Paula Marti, the 2002 LET order of merit winner. Recent LET champions Lisa Hall, Emma Zackrisson, Gwladys Nocera and Lotta Wahlin are also in the 127-player field, along with the current leading money winner for 2008, South Korean teenager Amy Yang, who finished second last week in Switzerland. Wie played a practise round with Yang, who is also 18, on Tuesday in Germany in sunny conditions.
The LET returns to Germany for the first time in seven years, following the 2001 event at the Nick Faldo Course, Bad Saaro in Berlin, won by Karine Icher and will be visiting Golfpark Gut Häusern for the first time.
The Peter Harradine course, which opened in May 2003, will be playing at 6204 yards for the €250,000 event, which features a first prize of €37,500.
Surrounded by lush farmland and rolling countryside, the course is located just outside the village of Market Indersdorf approximately 40km from Munich city centre.