Wie Nine Back After Opening 75

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04 Sony OpenHONOLULU -- Stewart Cink shot a 4-under-par 66 on Thursday to join Hank Kuehne, Brett Quigley and Tom Byrum atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
 
Chad Campbell, Jonathan Kaye, Paul Azinger, Shigeki Maruyama, Andrew Magee, Justin Rose, Jeff Sluman, Woody Austin and Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman share fifth place at 3-under-par 67.
 
Only 29 players were able to break par in the opening round at Waialae Country Club and Michelle Wie wasn't one of them. The amateur sensation, who is making her second appearance at this event on a sponsor's exemption, managed a 5-over-par 75 and will have to battle to make the 36-hole cut tomorrow.
 
'It was tough out there,' said Wie, the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion. 'I was trying to make pars and birdies, and I was trying to make at least three birdies, but that didn't work out quite well.'
 
Wie played the back side first and struggled early with a bogey at the par-3 11th. She recovered at the following hole, however, and knocked her approach inside 7 feet for her only birdie of the day.
 
The 15-year-old, who has played this course several times before, found trouble again with a bogey at the par-4 16th and hit an errant tee shot en route to a double-bogey at the par-3 17th. Wie then bogeyed two in a row starting at the par-4 first but was then able to par her way in and avoid further damage.
 
'Last year was a lot easier than this year,' said Wie, who missed the cut by a single stroke in 2004 after rounds of 72 and 68. 'Obviously when you're not playing good you feel disappointed, but in the middle of the round you just have to keep on going. But I think I'm ready for tomorrow.'
 
Cink, who tied for fifth last week at the Mercedes Championships, parred his first eight holes until his second shot to the par-5 ninth stopped within 8 feet of the hole. He drained the putt and continued his streak of pars around the turn under windy conditions.
 
'It's really hard to hit the fairways out there because the fairways are drying out,' said Cink. 'The wind is blowing your ball, so as it lands, it's coming in at an angle and having a tendency to roll off into the rough.'
 
The 31-year-old added a birdie at the par-4 15th and closed his round with a birdie at the par-5 18th for his share of first.
 
Quigley started on the 10th and tallied three birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes. He then chipped in for a birdie at the par-4 first and ran home a 40-foot putt for a birdie at the par-4 fifth.
 
He stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 sixth but was able to recover at the par-5 ninth. Quigley ran his eagle try by the hole, but converted the birdie putt coming back.
 
Byrum tallied four birdies and no bogeys for his 66 while Kuehne mixed five birdies with a bogey to complete the logjam.
 
Briny Baird, Carlos Franco, Tim Herron and Brent Geiberger are two shots off the pace at 2-under-par 68.
 
World No. 1 Vijay Singh was one shot further back at 1-under-par 69 in a group that also features Todd Hamilton and Craig Parry.
 
'With the wind blowing this hard, you cannot play your normal game,' said Singh. 'You have to be able to fiddle around and try to hit solid shots and trust your swing.'
 
Ernie Els, who is trying to win this event for the third straight season, was five shots back after a round of 71.
 
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