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Michelle Wie wants another shot at playing with the boys.

The 13-year-old missed the cut for a second time in a men's tournament this season, but said she would be ready to try again after a little more practice.

"I think I'll make the cut next time," Wie said.

Wie sounded as determined as she was confident after shooting a 5-over 76 on Friday in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open.

Her 36-hole total was 12-over 154, 12 shots from making the cut and better only than one golfer in the field at the Nationwide Tour event.

"I had a lot of fun this week, even though I didn't play as well as I wanted to," said Wie, who had a two-stroke improvement over Thursday's opening round.

Brian Wilson, who had a 67 Friday, and Roger Tambellini, who had a 65, were tied for the lead at 9-under 133.

Wie, who missed the cut in a Canadian Tour event last month, said she'd like another shot at playing in a men's tournament. She also said she'd accept another sponsor's exemption to play in Boise next fall.

Wie had better command of her tee shots Friday and although her putting remained erratic, she was even par over the last eight holes and gave the large gallery that followed her both days plenty to cheer about.

She kept up with playing partners Kevin Burton and Joseph Summerhays, even having the low score on a couple of holes on the final nine. Wie finished the day with 10 pars, five bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.

"I think I learned how to play from the thick rough and on fast greens. I just got used to the greens right now," said Wie, who struggled with her putting both days. "I think I learned a lot this week."

Her final score was the only disappointment at Hillcrest Country Club. Wie never appeared rattled, even after falling to 12 over early in her final nine holes.

"Today she hit the ball like a PGA player," said B.J. Wie, her father and caddie in the tournament.

Wie finished the second round with a par that reflected the composure she kept even through the frustrations of both days.

After a bogey on No. 8, Wie's tee shot on the par-4 ninth hole sailed into the trees left of the fairway. Wie, who opened the day on the back nine, calmly knocked the ball out with a shot that sailed about 150 yards to the front of the green. She then rolled an uphill putt about 60 feet within 3 feet of the cup, getting a thumbs-up from her father as the ball approached the hole and set up an easy 3-footer for par.

"I think I improved a lot from yesterday and I'm pretty happy," she said. "I always want to win the week I'm playing and I think my game improved a lot this week. If my putts start rolling in, than I'm going to shoot a lot under par."

Putts had been far from easy for Wie through the tournament. She fell to 12 over when she opened the final nine with a bogey, but responded with her second birdie of the day by two-putting the par-5 2nd. From there, Wie rattled off five straight pars before missing another putt and making the bogey on 8.

Wie said she loosened up in the afternoon.

"I'm probably not going to make the cut, so why not go for the green?" she said.

Wie opened the week Monday in a charity skins game with PGA Tour players John Daly and Hank Kuehne and LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez. Wie finished with a 1-under 34 in the nine-hole event, but stumbled when the shots counted Thursday, getting just one birdie.

Wie felt she would need to shoot a 64 in the second round to make up for Thursday's opening 78. That dream ended quickly when she opened the morning with a bogey, once again missing a short putt.

Wie nearly came undone on No. 15 when her tee shot rolled under a fence and she had to take a one-stroke penalty for an unplayable lie. She chipped out into the rough, then lofted a nice approach. But she just missed the bogey putt and ended up with her first -- and only -- double bogey of the tournament.

She rebounded quickly on the par-5 16th for her first birdie of the day and second of the tournament. Then, after making par on 17, she was short on putts for birdie and par on No. 18 and fell back to 11 over.

Wie joins Annika Sörenstam and Suzy Whaley as females to compete in PGA-sanctioned men's tournaments this season. Both Sörenstam and Whaley also missed the cut.

Next month, LPGA veteran Jan Stephenson is scheduled to compete on a Champions Tour event.

"Women are getting a lot stronger and people are evolving," Wie said.

Wie knows a little something about evolution. She said she missed her ninth-grade biology class in Honolulu for her Thursday afternoon tee time.

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