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Posted at 5:42 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2006

Wie on hold as rain cancels round

Advertiser Staff

Michelle Wie's march through golfing history was temporarily put on hold today as Mother Nature intervened.

With the Honolulu 16-year-old waiting on the first tee, heavy rains forced tournament officials to cancel the third round of the Asian Tour's SK Telecom Open in Incheon, South Korea.

The tournament, now shortened to three rounds, will conclude tomorrow, weather permitting. Forecasts call for more rain tomorrow, but less than today.

On Friday, Wie made the halfway cut in a professional men's tournament for the first time, and was six strokes behind the leaders at 5-under 139.

Prom Meesawat of Taiwan and Malaysia's Iain Steel shared the lead at 11-under 133. Jeev Milkha Singh, of India, and Seung Ho Lee of South Korea were one stroke back.

Wie was tied for 17th among the 79 golfers who made the cut to play the final two rounds.

Wie was to tee off at 2:50 p.m. Hawaii time yesterday, but tournament officials suspended play until 5:30 p.m. Hawaii time, when they decide cancel the round, shortening the tournament into a 54-hole event.

The 16-year-old Punahou junior became the second female to make a cut in a Korea men's tournament, although she is the first to do so on the top-tier Asian Tour. In 2003, LPGA player Se Ri Pak finished tied for 10th at the second-tier KPGA Tour's SBS Pro-Golf Championships.

No woman has made the cut on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Tucson Open.