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LPGA puts its first live event on Web

This weekend's Canadian Women's Open will be the first LPGA tournament to be shown live on the Internet.

The LPGA reached agreement with Real Networks to show the event, which will not be shown on TV. It is the first on a major professional golf tour to have full video coverage on the Internet.

The tournament will be available for two hours today and Friday and three hours on Saturday and Sunday at www.lpga.com and www.realone.com/sports.

"I believe the video broadcast of this week's tournament will continue to enhance our fans' Internet experience," LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw said.

BRITISH OPEN: Three-time champion Seve Ballesteros pulled out of next week's tournament at Royal St. George's _ the second straight year he will miss the major. Ballesteros gave no reason for withdrawing, European Tour officials said.

DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP: Tiger Woods said he will play in the Deutsche Bank Championship, with proceeds benefiting his foundation.

The Deutsche Bank will have a $5-million purse and has designated the Tiger Woods Foundation as its top charity.

SKINS GAME: Michelle Wie, who had the longest drives at the U.S. Women's Open, will see how she stacks up against the biggest hitters in golf.

The 13-year-old from Hawaii has been invited to play in a skins game Sept. 15 in Boise, Idaho. It features John Daly, Hank Kuehne and Nancy Lopez.

Wie accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Boise Open, a Nationwide Tour event.

Daly has led the PGA Tour in driving distance the past eight years. Kuehne leads the tour this year at 318.1 yards per measured drive. Daly is second at 310.4.

Wie averaged 281.1 at Pumpkin Ridge, and her longest drive was 328. She tied for 39th in her first U.S. Women's Open.

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