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Posted at 11:39 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2006

Wie makes first cut in men's pro golf tourney

Associated Press

INCHEON, South Korea — Michelle Wie made her first cut in a professional men's tournament Friday after shooting a 3-under-par 69 in the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open.

Wie finished at 5-under 139 after two rounds and was tied for 17th at the Sky 72 Golf Club course. The top 60 and ties made the cut.

"It's just wonderful. Great. I feel really, really happy," Wie said. "Now I want to play well tomorrow. It's not over yet."

Prom Meesawat of Taiwan shot a second-round best 64 and Malaysia's Iain Steel a 66 to share the lead at 11-under 133. Jeev Milkha Singh, of India, and Seung Ho Lee of South Korea were one stroke back.

The Hawai'i-born teenager is the second woman to make the cut at a men's tournament in South Korea; LPGA star Se Ri Pak finished tied for 10th in the lower-tier KPGA Tour SBS Pro-Golf Championship in 2003.

Wie improved on her opening round of 70 with a near flawless display Friday, dropping just one bogey on the 16th hole against four birdies.

"My putting was good," she said. "Yesterday was pretty good, but today was better. I was more confident today."

The SK Telecom Open is Wie's eighth start in a men's professional event.