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Posted on: Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wie romps past Park to reach quarterfinals

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Associated Press

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Michelle Wie was on her game, beating Hee Young Park, 5 and 4, yesterday in the Sybase Match Play Championship.

RICH SCHULTZ | Associated Press

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GLADSTONE, N.J. Michelle Wie has a simple mindset for the Sybase Match Play Championship.

"I'm just thinking of hitting fairways and greens, giving myself some birdie opportunities and keeping it in play," said the Punahou alum and current Stanford student. "It's definitely a grind out there."

The eighth-seeded Wie advanced to the round of 16 yesterday, beating Hee Young Park, 5 and 4, on a warm, humid afternoon at hilly Hamilton Farm. Wie played only 14 holes after going all 18 on Thursday in her opening 2-up victory over Stacy Prammanasudh.

"Just because I won 5 and 4 doesn't mean that it was really necessarily that much easier," said Wie, seeded eighth. "I still played as hard as I can."

The 20-year-old will face 57th-seeded Karine Icher this morning, with the winner advancing to the afternoon quarterfinals. Icher beat Eun-Hee Ji, 2 and 1.

"You never know with match play," Wie said. "I'm just going to go out there and play my hardest. ... I put pressure on myself to play the best I can."

With by far the largest gallery following her every move, Wie took a 4-up lead on the front nine and ended the match with a par on No. 14.

"It's becoming harder and harder to win tournaments. Everyone's playing so much better," said Wie, who has two top-six finishes in six events this year after winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November for her first LPGA Tour title.

Second-seeded Ai Miyazato, a three-time winner in the first six events of the season, blew a late lead and lost 1-up to M.J. Hur.

Top-seeded Jiyai Shin and fourth-seeded Yani Tseng, the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner in April, also advanced. Shin beat Hee-Won Han, 3 and 1, and Tseng topped Candie Kung, 2 and 1. No. 5 Cristie Kerr lost 4 and 2 to Sun Young Yoo.

Morgan Pressel rallied to beat Sophie Gustafson in 19 holes, winning the last three holes with birdies.

ELSEWHERE

McLachlin makes cut: Cameron Beckman arrived at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas yesterday morning in jeopardy of missing the cut. He left in first place.

Beckman turned around his delayed opening round with a pair of birdies for a 69, then tied the TPC Four Seasons course record and set a personal best with a 61 in the second round. He's at 10-under 130, tied for the lead with PGA Tour rookie Blake Adams, who shot a 64.

Hawai'i's Parker McLachlin, a Punahou and UCLA alum, finished up his morning round with a 67, shot 70 in the afternoon and was tied for 22nd place at 137.

Jordan Spieth, a 16-year-old high school junior, became the sixth-youngest player to make a Tour event cut, shooting a 69 for 137 total.

Fujikawa misses by two: Moanalua alum Tadd Fujikawa fired a 3-under 68, but missed the cut at the Nationwide's The Rex Hospital Open at Raleigh, N.C.

Fujikawa had a 36-hole total of 141, two off the qualifying score for the final two rounds at the TPC Wakefield Plantation Course.

John Riegger shot a second-round 64 for a 12-under 130 total and a two-stroke lead over Chris Nallen (65).

Kim finishes tied for 19th: Hilo's Kimbery Kim, a Denver freshman, shot a final-round, 3-over 75 for a 293 total and finished tied for 19th place the 29th annual NCAA Women's Golf Championship in Wilmington, N.C.

Punahou alum Stephanie Kono, a sophomore at UCLA, shot 74296 and ended in a tie for 43rd, while New Mexico senior Britney Choy, a Leilehua graduate, shot 74298 and tied for 54th.

Sophomore Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State shot a 68 for a 12-under 276 total to win the individual title by four shots overArizona State freshman Jennifer Johnson, who shot 73280.

Purdue held off Southern California to claim the team title by one shot. Alabama finished third.