Late birdies not enough for Wie, cards opening 80


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Michelle Wie birdied three of her last four holes in Thursday’s start of the U.S. Women’s Open.

She still shot 80 at Sebonack Golf Club.

It was a long, tough day for the 23-year-old trying to mount a late run to make the American Solheim Cup team, but she nobly stepped to the USGA media stage when asked to after her round.

Wie’s day started with a quadruple-bogey 8 at No. 10.

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“It’s tough on this golf course once you get started on the wrong foot,” Wie said.

Her tough start came after she hooked her first tee shot into a bunker, then chopped out into deep rough, then hacked her next shot into deeper fescue, where she lost her ball.

“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong today, but I am proud of myself making [three] birdies in the last [four] holes,” Wie said. “Hopefully, the last three birdies will give me momentum tomorrow.”

Wie is battling to make the American Solheim Cup team with time running out. There are just four qualifying events left to make the team for the Aug. 16-18 matches at Colorado Golf Club. There are double points available in a major this week for top-20 finishers. Wie is 12th on the U.S. points list and must finish among the top eight to automatically qualify.