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Updated at 2:27 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wie shoots 5-over 77 in PGA event

Advertiser Staff


Honolulu's Michelle Wie tees off on the 10th hole to start her first round in the 84 Lumber Classic.

Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press

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Michelle Wie shot a 5-over-par 77 today in the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa.

Starting on the back nine, the 16-year-old recorded pars on the first three holes before carding consecutive bogeys on the par-4 13th 14th and 15th holes.

Her pars were on the par-4 10th, par-5 11th and par-3 12th.

She parred her final three holes to make the turn at 3-over 39.

She then bogeyed the par-4 No. 1 hole before recording pars until the ninth to close with a second-nine of 2-over 38.

She currently ranks 125th out of 138 players. Six have withdrawn.

The 72-hole tournament will be cut after Friday's round. Wie is trying to make the cut on a men's tour for the second time in 11 tries.

She made the cut SK Telecom Open, an Asian Tour event, in May.

Last week, she finished last in the field at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

She's missed PGA cuts this year in the Sony Open in Hawai'i in January and the John Deere Classic in July.

No female golfer has made the PGA cut since Babe Zaharias did so at the 1945 Tucson Open.

Nicholas Thompson is the clubhouse leader with an 8-under 64.

Five others are at 6-under 66.