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Japan LPGA players Sakura Yokomine and Shiho Oyama will play in the Fields Open, a tournament newly added to the 2006 U.S. LPGA Tour, organizers said Tuesday.

Yokomine and Oyama, who both finished in the top five on this year’s JLPGA money list, received sponsors’ exemptions along with compatriots Kasumi Fujii and Hiromi Mogi for the Feb. 23-25 event at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

JLPGA star Ai Miyazato plans to play in the tournament if she obtains a U.S. LPGA tour card through the final qualifying tournament beginning Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Shinobu Moromizato, who joins Miyazato in the final qualifier, is also expected to take part in the Fields Open.

Golf sources said teenage sensation Michelle Wie may also receive a sponsor exemption for the tournament to be held on a course the Hawaii-based 16-year-old often has practice rounds at.

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