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Last Updated: Friday, 29 June 2007, 06:03 GMT 07:03 UK
Wie makes feeble start to US Open
Michelle Wie
Wie has been in bad form for the last few months
-3 A Park (Bra)
-2 I-B Park (US) (after 16), JY Lee (Kor) (12), K Icher (Fra) (10)
-1 A Hung (Tai), J Shin (Kor), JM Kim (Kor), SH Ahn (Kor), J Granada (Par), C Mayorkas (US), MH Kim (Kor) (13)
Selected others:
Even M Pressel (US), L Ochoa (Mex), A Sorenstam (Swe) (13)
+1 J Moodie (Sco) (14), L Davies (Eng) (14)
+2 J Head (Eng) (10)
+4 C Matthew (Sco), B Morgan (Wal)
+11 M Wie

Michelle Wie's run of bad form continued with an 11-over 82 on the rain-hit first day of the US Women's Open at Pine Needles in North Carolina.

Wie, 17, finished 14 shots off the lead set by fellow teenager Angela Park.

Brazilian Park, 18, ended with a 68 to leave her one shot ahead of Park In-Bee, Jee Young Lee and Karine Icher.

But that trio still have holes to play as do Annika Sorenstam, who is level par after 13 holes, and Britain's Laura Davies, who is a further shot adrift.

Davies was caught up in the three hour 35 minute suspension before returning to action with a spectacular eagle two at the eighth.

However, she dropped back with a bogey at the 12th and a double bogey at the short 13th and will resume her round on the 14th.

Korean Park has two holes to play, her compatriot Lee has six holes remaining in the first round while France's Icher has eight holes still to play.

That means overnight leader Park boasts a two-shot lead in the clubhouse over a group of seven players on one under.

"I've been in contention a couple of times this year and that has made me more confident," said Park, the leading rookie on the LPGA Tour this year.

"I had only 27 putts and that was the key."

I made a lot of great scrambles out there but was really shaky off the tee

Michelle Wie

But Wie's dismal showing - this was her 22nd consecutive round where she had failed to break par - was the main talking point.

She was lucky to escape with the ugly score as her short game saved her time after time at Southern Pines.

"It's shocking, because it doesn't display how I played," she said. "It's very frustrating, because I know I played better than this.

"It's just a very fine line between shooting 69 and shooting what I shot. It's a couple strokes here, a couple of strokes there.

"I made a lot of great scrambles out there, but was really shaky off the tee. I just have to work on my tee shots. The last couple were really good and I just look on the positives."

Seven-time major champion Karrie Webb also endured a terrible opening round, finishing one shot worse off then Wie on 12 over.

Catriona Matthew and Becky Morgan were the two British players to finish before darkness called a halt. They were both on four over par 75.

Janice Moodie was one over par after 14 holes, while Johanna Head, the fifth Briton in the field, closed at two over par after 10 holes.

American Alexis Thompson, the 12-year-old and youngest-ever qualifier for the event, was three over after nine holes.



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