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Posted at 11:38 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Wie and Sorenstam struggle

Associated Press

FRANCE — Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam struggled today in the opening round of the Evian Masters.

Wie, a 15-year-old amateur from Honolulu, shot a 3-over 75 — nine strokes off the lead — and said she had "bad breaks everywhere." Sorenstam, winner of two majors this year, shot an even-par 72.

Lynette Brooky of New Zealand, Colombia's Marisa Baena and Sweden's Carin Koch were tied for the lead at 6-under 66. Paula Creamer, Becky Brewerton and Christina Kim were two strokes back.

Defending champion Wendy Doolan shot a 43 on the back nine and finished with an 80.

Wie is tired for 45th place and Sorenstam for 23rd place.

Wie, who reached the quarterfinals last week in the men's U.S. Amateur Public Links, hit only two fairways today. She had only two birdies, with the second coming at the 18th when she chipped to 8 feet.

Earlier, Wie dropped two shots at the fourth hole when her drive sailed into the woods. She had three other bogeys.

"It wasn't like I played bad," Wie said. "I was just a foot from being perfect all day. I had a lot of birdie chances, but these greens are real subtle and tricky. It's not what you see it's what you know.

"Playing like this isn't really fun but there's nothing else I'd rather be doing."

Wie will play the British Open at Royal Birkdale, England, next week before returning to high school.

Sorenstam, winner of nine career majors, drove out of bounds on the par-7 15th and took a double-bogey.

The Swede recovered with a sand wedge that landed within a foot of the flag on the 16th, and sent another to within 2 feet on the 17th. Sorenstam then bogeyed the par-5 18th when she hit her 7-wood into the water hazard in front of the green.

"Not a good day at all," Sorenstam said. "I made zero putts. And I thought I'd finally got these Evian greens figured out."