Wie Finishes 35th in South Korea

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INCHEON, South Korea -- Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 74 Sunday to finish out of title contention at the shortened SK Telecom Open, where she made the cut in a men's tournament for the first time.
 
The Hawaiian-born teenager had two birdies and four bogeys at the Sky 72 Golf Club course for a 54-hole, 3-under 213 -- 12 strokes behind winner Prom Meesawat of Thailand (68).
 
'I did my best, but the result was not as satisfying as I would have liked,' said the 16-year-old Wie said. 'But the most important thing is that I tried my best.'
 
Indian Jeev Milkha and Lee Seung-ho of South Korea shot final rounds of 70 to share second place at 12-under, one stroke ahead of defending champion K.J. Choi (65).
 
Heavy rain and strong winds forced the cancellation of the third round of the Asian Tour event, which was shortened from 72 holes. Wie was at the tee when the rain hit Saturday. After a delay of almost 3 hours, the course was declared unplayable.
 
Wie shot a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday to make the cut by five strokes and improve on her opening 70. She started the final round at 3 under, six strokes off the pace.
 
'I was really, really happy I've passed the first stage,' Wie said. 'Now I want to make the next step.'
 
Wie heads to the U.S. Open qualifying round in Hawaii later this month. She will attempt to make the cut in two PGA tournaments -- the John Deere Classic in July, where last year she fell two strokes short of the cut, and September's 84 Lumber Classic.
 
The SK Telecom Open is Wie's eighth men's event. 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.
 
Wie became the second woman to make the cut at a men's tournament in South Korea. LPGA star Se Ri Pak tied for 10th in the lower-tier KPGA Tour SBS Pro-Golf Championship in 2003.
 
Annika Sorenstam, the world's top female player, 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.
 
Wie opened her final round confidently Sunday, with birdies on the second and third holes, moving her to 7 under in early play despite high winds that sent her early shots wide of the fairways and greens.
 
Two bogeys later and she was back where she started.
 
On No. 4, Wie added a penalty stroke when her tee shot fell short of the green and rolled back across a hazard line within feet of the water. She then watched her 8-foot putt lip out on No. 5 and swung her club in frustration after forcing herself into a two-putt finish on No. 9.
 
The sweltering heat did little to help matters, and Wie went on to bogey the 11th and 15th.
 
Wie's parents were born in South Korea and her visit here has been treated like a homecoming by the local media and public, who formed galleries of thousands and clogged an expressway Friday to catch her play.
 
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