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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 5:40 p.m., Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wie in second place after 6-under 66

By Ann Miller
Advertiser Staff Writer

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Michelle Wie made a major impact playing her first major as a professional today, opening with a 6-under-par 66 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.

Wie is alone in second place behind Lorena Ochoa, who shot a course record 10-under 62, matching the lowest round in an LPGA major championship.

Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 67 and amateur Angela Park a 68. Seon Hwa Lee, Juli Inkster, Karen Stupples and Paula Creamer were at 69. Defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot a 71.

Wie on Thursday matched her best score here, which she shot in the third round of the 2003 event. That was her first appearance in the LPGA's first major of the year. She was 12, and ultimately tied for ninth. Two years ago, the Punahou junior was fourth and last year she tied for 14th before turning pro in October.

Wie shot 33 on the front and the back Thursday. She birdied two of her first three holes and hit every green in regulation. All but one of Wie's birdie putts came from within 12 feet as she hit the ball close all day and was never in danger of bogey.

Wie was paired with Japanese rookie Ai Miyazato, who shot 70.

Wie and Miyazato play together again Friday, teeing off as the final group at 11:23 a.m. Hawai'i time.

Associated Press contributed to this report