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Posted at 11:53 p.m., Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Wie through 12 at Women's British Open

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu's Michelle Wie, struggling from the start, is 3-over after 12 holes in the opening round of the 72-hole Weetabix Women's British Open at the in Lancashire, England.

The 16-year-old Punahou School senior, coming off a second-place finish at the Evian Masters in France last week, bogeyed the first three holes -- a par-3 and two par-4's. She carded a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and made the turn at 2-over 37.

Wie later bogeyed the par-5 11th to fall back to 3-over.

Wie is not alone is her struggles. Karrie Webb, who defeated Wie by a stroke at the Evian Masters and is a three-time LPGA winner this year, is 3-over through 12 holes. Webb took an eight on the par-5 sixth hole and once was 5-over par.

Wie started play Thursday morning (Wednesday night Hawaii time) on the 6,463-yard, par-72 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Course. Most of the golfers in the 150-player field have yet to tee off and no one has completed her round.

The field will be cut to the top 65 and ties after the second round. Wie has not missed an LPGA cut since the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in 2003.

Wie, who has finished in the top five in all six of her LPGA events this year, is seeking her first victory as a professional. Her last victory came at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in 2003.