Wie was 12 strokes behind leader Greg Meyer, a Japanese tour player who was at 9-under 135 after two rounds. Meyer is the assistant golf pro at the Pearl Country Club, where the $80,000 tournament is being played.
Playing from the championship tees, Wie is the only female in the field of 192, and the youngest overall. The eighth grader was tied for 44th with seven others and had a two-stroke lead over six-time champion David Ishii, the club's director of golf.
The top 80 players plus ties qualified for Sunday's play, including at least 15 amateurs. Wie entered the day tied for 50th, seven strokes off the lead in one of the premier men's golf tournaments in Hawaii.
Wie said her goal in the three-day event ' which draws half of its field from top Japanese pro and amateur players ' was to place in the top 20. Former participants include Hidemichi Tanaka and Shigeki Maruyama, now both the PGA Tour. Tanaka won the event in 2001.
Wie started the day on the 10th tee and made the turn at 37 with two birdies and bogeys on Nos. 15, 17 and 18. She shot even par on the back nine, bogeying the par-5 fifth and birdieing No. 7.
In last year's Hawaii Pearl Open, Wie failed to make the cut by two strokes after rounds of 74 and 80.
Last month, Wie tried to qualify for the PGA Tour Sony Open at the Pearl Country Club. She shot a 1-over 73 from the back tees and tied for 47th against 96 men.
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