Michelle Wie Focusing on Winning 2008 Tournament

KAPOLEI (KHNL) -- Not only is it Michelle Wie's first time back in Hawai'i since leaving for Stanford University last May, it's also her first tournament of the 2008 season.

Last year, Michelle battled through injuries to both her wrists, but she's healthy this year and putting the past behind her.

Her goal this year is simple -- keep things in the present. And after her first round of golf since playing in the Samsung World Championship last October, Michelle Wie feels she's achieving just that.

"I just kept thinking about the current shot, about my current position, and just kept enjoying things out there and not really focusing on the result, but focusing how I'm getting there," said Wie.

Michelle says being back home is relaxing, and she's happy to put on a good show for all her supporters.

"Playing today in front of the crowd, I basically knew half the gallery members, so it's nice to play in front of your friends and family so it was really fun to play today."

Of course, anything is more fun when you're playing well. In round one of the fields open in Hawai'i, Michelle shot a three under 69.

"Today was definitely a confidence booster, but like I said my goal is to slowly get back into it, today was a very positive round for me."

Overall, Michelle's goal is like anyone else's, to win the tournament. But she's taking it round by round, shot by shot just like she's planned all along.

"I'm just staying in the present, I'm not going to think too far ahead, I'm not going to hype it up to much, I'm just gonna move along."

Michelle tees off Friday on hole number one beginning at 12:45.