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Last Updated: Friday, 13 January 2006, 04:04 GMT
Sorry Wie set to miss Hawaii cut
FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD
Michelle Wie
US unless stated
-5 R Sabbatini (SA)
-4 J Gove, D Toms, KJ Choi (Kor), C Warren
-3 J Driscoll, V Taylor, B Watson, J Furyk, C Campbell, P Lonard (Aus), J Sluman
Teenager Michelle Wie's aim of becoming the first woman in 61 years to make the cut in a PGA Tour event took a huge blow as she shot a 79 at the Sony Open.

Playing in gusty conditions, the 16-year-old reached the turn in Hawaii in a dismal seven-over 42.

Three more bogeys on her way back in left her nine over and with little chance of qualifying for the weekend.

Rory Sabbatini was the first-round leader with a five-under 65, Vijay Singh carded a 71 and Justin Rose 74.

South African Sabbatini holds a one stroke lead over 2001 USPGA champion David Toms, his fellow Americans Jeff Gove and Charles Warren and Korean star KJ Choi.

But it was Wie's round that grabbed the headlines, as she aimed to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Los Angeles Open to make the cut in a men's US Tour event.

Despite generally driving the ball well in front of her hometown crowd in Honolulu, Wie ran up three double-bogeys on the outward nine after starting at the 10th hole.

You'll see during the summer, when she plays a few more tournaments, she gets into a rhythm
David Leadbetter
Wie's swing coach

"It was like, wow, I can't believe I'm doing this bad," she said.

"It was not my day. I guess I got a bit too aggressive at some times. It's not like you hit wedge into every hole - you are going into the green with three and four irons.

"One thing that I learned is that the guys, even if they do struggle, they always just seem to end it with a bogey or less. I think that's what I learned."

Wie's swing coach David Leadbetter said his student needed more tournament practice.

"It was a very tough start for the young girl," he said.

"Conditions out there are difficult and, as we said at the start of the week, it was always going to be about her putting and her momentum.

"She putted well in practice this week but the greens here are not easy and have subtle breaks.

"Being at high school, she just plays a couple of events. You'll see during the summer, when she plays a few more tournaments, she gets into a rhythm."




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