Michelle Wie had four birdies and only one bogey Friday in the second round.
With huge crowds cheering for the player they cherish as 'big sister,' Wie was at 5-under 139 after two rounds, tied for 17th in the Asian Tour's rain-shortened SK Telecom Open. She shot a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday to make the cut by five strokes in the event that was cut to 54 holes after rain wiped out play Saturday.
'It's just wonderful. Great. I feel really, really happy,' the 16-year-old said Friday.
Wie was at the tee Saturday when the rain hit. After a delay of almost three hours, the course was declared unplayable and tournament officials decided to shorten the event from 72 holes.
The SK Telecom Open is the eighth men's professional event for Wie. She has played in four PGA Tour events and has competed on the Japan, Nationwide and Canadian tours, missing the 36-hole cut in all seven tournaments. No woman has made the cut on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Tucson Open.
'In the future, I still want to challenge the PGA Tour and make the top 10,' Wie said.
When Wie played the third hole Friday, a toddler in a flowery dress shouted 'on-ni [big sister] fighting!' as Wie strode by.
Galleries of at least 1,000 people gathered around each hole she played, and police controlled traffic clogging an expressway that passes along the Sky 72 Golf Club course as onlookers cheered her bunker shot over a bluff on the 16th.
'I really enjoy that kind of thing,' Wie said. 'Police officers came to the people who stopped their cars and told them to move. The gallery was crowded and they made so much noise. It made me laugh a bit.'
The Hawaiian-born teenager became 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 70 with a nearly flawless round Friday, making four birdies and one bogey -- on the 16th hole. With one round left, she was six strokes behind leaders Iain Steel of Malaysia (66) and Prom Meesawat of Thailand (64).
'My putting was good,' Wie said Friday. 'Yesterday was pretty good, but today was better. I was more confident today.'
Annika Sorenstam, the top women's player in the world, became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she missed the cut at the Colonial in 2003, shooting rounds of 71 and 74. She has played in men's Skins Games the last two years.
Wie's parents were born in South Korea, and her visit has generated intense media coverage and large crowds.
'I'm really happy to make the cut in Korea, and I had such big galleries,' she said. 'Plus, I really love children and there were lots of young fans here today.'
SK Telecom Open
Event Reduced to 54-Holes
At Sky 72 Golf Club - Incheon, South Korea
Purse: $600,000 Yardage: 7,152; Par: 72
Prom Meesawat, Thailand 69-64--133
Iain Steel, Malaysia 67-66--133
Jeev Milkha Singh, India 68-66--134
Lee Seong-ho, South Korea 67-67--134
Chapchai Nirat, Thailand 68-67--135
Brad Kennedy, Australia 67-68--135
a-Lee Won-jun, South Korea 69-67--136
Adam Le Vesconte, Australia 65-71--136
Hong Soon-sang, South Korea 71-66--137
Kang Kyung-nam, South Korea 69-68--137
Choi Ho-sung, South Korea 70-68--138
Terry Pilkadaris, Australia 69-69--138
Mo Joong-kyung, South Korea 70-68--138
Anthony Kang, United States 70-68--138
Lu Wei-lan, Taiwan 72-66--138
Choi Jin-ho, South Korea 70-68--138
Harmeet Kahlon, India 70-69--139
Michelle Wie, United States 70-69--139
Hwang In-choon, South Korea 69-70--139
Bryan Saltus, United States 70-69--139
Park Boo-won, South Korea 71-68--139
Chinarat Phadungsil, Thailand 71-68--139
Kim Hyung-tae, South Korea 69-71--140
K.J. Choi, South Korea 68-72--140
Michael Wright, Australia 73-67--140
Angelo Que, Philippines 71-69--140
Lee Sung, South Korea 69-71--140
Lu Wei-chih, Taiwan 69-71--140
Park Yong-soo, South Korea 71-69--140
Ron Won, United States 69-71--140
a-Mang Dong-sub, South Korea 68-73--141
Jang Ik-jae, South Korea 70-71--141
Gary Rusnak, United States 69-72--141
a-Hur In-hoi, South Korea 68-73--141
a-Kang Sung-hoon, South Korea 72-69--141
David Oh, United States 69-72--141
Moon Ji-wook, South Korea 70-71--141
Kong Young-joon, South Korea 71-70--141
Kim Hong-sik, South Korea 70-71--141
Ari Savolainen, Finland 69-72--141
Simon Nash, Australia 70-71--141
Ahmad Bateman, Canada 71-70--141
Adam Blyth, Australia 69-72--141