Wie Misses Cut at Bay Mills Open


BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old golf phenom, struggled to a 7-over 79 on Friday and will miss the cut at the Bay Mills Open Players Championship. She finished 36 holes at 9-over-par 153 but will have to wait until Saturday for the official word on the cut.
Play was suspended due to darkness at 9:06 PM ET Friday, with several players still on the course. The 36-hole cut line seems to be set at 4 over par, which means Wie will not become the first woman to make the cut in a men's event.
Annika Sorenstam missed the cut at the Colonial on the PGA Tour earlier this year while Suzy Whaley failed to make the weekend at the Greater Hartford Open last month.
'I have to accept the fact some days you play well, while others you just get punished for bad shots,' said Wie, who finished ninth at the Nabisco Championship, the LPGA's first major, earlier this season. 'Those bogeys brought me down. They hurt a lot when I was playing, but you have to get over it. But it was a great experience; I had a fun time and was treated very well. I think I learned a lot this week.'
Wie, who returned to Hawaii to begin high school on Monday, got a taste of what it's like to play with the men. She will have another date with the boys at the Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour later this year.
'It's tough playing here,' said Wie. 'I was concentrating on my own game, but I can tell you there are a lot of very good players up here. It's kind of hard the first time out, you don't have the experience. It's a lot different then playing in Hawaii.'
Rodney Butcher (72), Doug McGuigan (72) and Chris Wall (71) have the clubhouse lead at 3-under-par 141. David Burbidge sits at 3 under through 13 holes and will be one of the 25 players who come back at 7:30 AM Saturday morning to polish off the second round.
Derek Gillespie (73), Alex Quiroz (72), Paul Devenport (75), Michael Sabo (70) and overnight leader Michael Harris (75) share fourth place in the clubhouse at minus-2.

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