Wie Started Strong Finishes with a Whimper


2007 Fields OpenKAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After two encouraging rounds to start her year, Michelle Wie shot a 6-over 78 on Saturday in the final round of Fields Open to finish 20 strokes behind winner Paula Creamer.
Obviously Im a little disappointed with todays round, said Wie, who opened with rounds of 69 and 73.
At 4-over 220, she tied for last among the 74 players who made the cut.
Felt like I was a little rusty out there, Wie said. I just got to keep on playing.
The 18-year-old Wie, who started the round on No. 10 at 2 under, went double bogey-par-triple bogey to fall to 3 over heading into the turn. She rebounded a bit on the final nine, with two birdies and three bogeys, including one on the final hole.
She sighed and shook her head as she walked off the ninth green.
I kind of hit a couple of shots off-line, found a couple of bad breaks, the putts didnt fall today, Wie said. But I had a lot of positive shots I can bank off of for the next tournament. Obviously, theres a lot of room for improvement. I felt like I did a pretty good job.
Wie had troubles off the tee, going way left on several shots.
Watch out! one woman screamed as Wies tee shot on the 195-foot 16th hole sailed over her and bounced on the cart path near the recycling bins. Wies flop shot missed the green short and she two-putted from about 10 feet for double bogey.
After a solid wedge shot on No. 17, she two-putted from 4 feet for par. Then came the disastrous 18th, a par-4 hole where she had so much success in the past.
Her 3-wood off the tee went left and bounced off the trunk of a tree. Her aggressive second shot fell way short of the green, landing in the middle of the pond near some black swans.
Oh, come on, said Wie, who played on her home island of Oahu and started the season against the women for the first time in five years.
She took a drop and just got over the water. She pitched up and two putted from about 6 feet for a 7.
Somehow it got in the hole after seven shots. It was just a bad hole, she said.
Wie birdied the 509-yard first to get to 2 over but bogeyed Nos. 2 and 6. Wie failed to go up and down on the par-3 12th for her first bogey of the day. She made up for it on the next hole, sinking a 14-foot birdie putt.
The Stanford freshman shot a 69 on Thursday, breaking 70 for the first time since the Evian Ladies Masters in July 2006. She made the cut with two strokes to spare with a second round 73.
She last qualified for the weekend for the first time since last years Evian, where she closed with rounds of 84 and 76 to tie for 69th.
Wie injured both wrists last year but kept playing and struggling. She made only two cuts in 2007 and finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship in October, her final event of the year. In eight starts against women, she withdrew twice and only broke par twice in 19 rounds.
Wie will leave Hawaii on Sunday to attend classes Monday at Stanford.
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