Wie shoots 80 misses cut in Reno

By Associated PressAugust 1, 2008, 4:00 pm
Reno-Tahoe OpenRENO, Nev. 'Michelle Wie failed in her eighth attempt to make the cut on the PGA TOUR, shooting a second-round 80 at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Friday. Parker McLachlin tied the course record with a 62 to take a four-stroke lead over 1987 Masters winner Larry Mize and three others.
 
Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie missed the cut after a second round 80. (Getty Images)
Wie was 1-over-par 73 Thursday as she attempted to become the first woman since World War II to make the cut on the PGA TOUR. But a quintuple-bogey 9 Friday helped push her to 9-over 153 at the par-72 Montreux Golf & Country Club.
 
I feel my game is a lot better. Obviously the score doesnt show it, but I know what I need to work on, Wie said. I gave it my best today and I felt like I did a lot of good things and hopefully that outshines the ones I made mistakes on.
 
The 18-year-old, who was making her first PGA appearance since January 2007, had two bogeys and one birdie through her first nine holes and was within striking distance of the even-par cut line at the 7,472-yard mountain course.
 
But she had a double bogey on her 13th hole of the day after she hit her second shot over the green into heavy rough on the 518-yard, par-5 No. 4.
 
With a difficult downhill lie, her chip came up short, still in the rough. Her next pitch rolled over the green into the rough again before she finally chipped onto the green and two putted.
 
The quintuple-bogey 9 came four holes later on the 464-yard, par-4 eighth, when she had to take two penalty strokes.
 
Her first tee shot ended up with an unplayable lie in the trees and the second one went left into a waste area with sage brush and pine trees, where she had to take another drop and needed four more shots to reach the green. She finished with a birdie on the 626-yard, par-5 ninth.
 
Not since Mildred Babe Zaharias played at the 1945 Tucson Open has a woman made the cut on the PGA Tour.
 
Wie didnt know if shed make another run at a PGA event in the future.
 
I think if I played a couple (PGA events) in a row, it would be a different story. Its just hard to play one and then one maybe a year later, she said. I think if I played eight in a row and I missed all eight, that would be a different story.
 
McLachlin, who has five Top 25 PGA finishes this year and ranks 98th on the tour money list, birdied seven of the last 10 holes and had 10 on the day in a bogey-free round. His stellar wedge play put him within 7 feet of the pin seven times'twice inside 2 feet and once to 4 inches.
 
Nothing really crazy. It was just pretty solid, McLachlin said about his round during calm conditions in the morning that left him at 14-under 130 after two days of play.
 
Everything went pretty smoothly out there. I hit a lot of fairways, lots of greens and made a bunch of 10-footers. I mean, just kind of the way you like to draw it up, he said.
 
McLachlin missed a 4-foot birdie attempt on the par-4 18th that would have broken the record Bill Glasson set in 2005 and Joe Ogilvie matched in 2006. His previous best on tour was a 65, though he said he shot a 63 once on the Nationwide Tour and carded a 59 at the course he represents in Hawaii, where he was born and grew up.
 
I didnt know what the course record was but I caught myself thinking about 59 at No. 14. I had like about a 10-footer, said McLachlin, who had birdied six of the previous seven holes.
 
I thought, `If I birdie the last five holes I can shoot 59. And thats just the worst thing to think. So I made par there, he said, as well as at the 15th.
 
Mize, who turns 50 in September and hasnt won on tour since 1993, followed an opening round 68 with a 66 in windier afternoon conditions to get to 10-under 134'the first time in three years hes opened a tourney with two rounds in the 60s. He was in a four-way tie for second with Australian Nick Flanagan, who shot a 65 on Friday, and John Merrick and Englands Brian Davis, who both shot consecutive 67s.
 
Bob Estes and Harrison Frazar were another stroke back at 9-under 135.
 
It was tricky out there sometimes with the wind, so to get out of there with a 66, Im pleased, Mize said. Im trying to get ready for the Senior Tour so Im trying to play well out here.
 
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