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Michelle Wie misses Casio World Open cut

Michelle Wie's bid to become the first woman to make the cut on one of the major men's tours in 60 years ended in failure in Japan after a disastrous finish on Friday.

The 16-year-old Hawaiian bogeyed her last two holes in a second-round 75 to finish at four-over-par 148 at the Casio World Open, missing out by one shot in her sixth start against the men.

"The bogeys I made were pretty stupid," said a tearful Wie. "I wish I could've prevented that but obviously it was not meant to be.

"Definitely, not making the cut has not in the least part made me not want to play in men's tournaments. It's going to make me work harder."

Wie flirted with history after making a birdie on the par-five 10th to go two under but bogeys on 17 and 18 ended her bid to join Babe Zaharias in the record books.

Zaharias made the 36-hole cut at the 1945 Los Angeles Open and Wie looked poised to do the same until she unravelled at the 17th.

She failed to get up and down in two after her approach plugged in the greenside rough and a 20-minute wait to tee off on the par-five 18th hardly helped her nerves.

Wie sliced her drive on the last and then missed a tricky six-foot putt for par to end her involvement in the $1.7 million event.

She was playing in her first tournament since her first professional start ended in disqualification at the Women's World Championship in Palm Desert, California, last month.

Wie fired a 73 in Thursday's opening round to give herself a chance of making the cut.

"I was thinking about the cut a little bit and I had really bad luck on the last two holes," said Wie. "Just one shot after another just didn't work out."

Four players, including joint overnight leader Toshimitsu Izawa, were leading the tournament on six under par.

In January 2004 Wie became only the fourth female, and the youngest in history, to play on the men's U.S. PGA Tour when she missed the cut by one stroke at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

She also suffered a late collapse to miss out at the John Deere Classic in July this year.

World number one Annika Sorenstam missed the cut at the Colonial in 2003 when the Swede became the first since Zaharias to challenge the men on the PGA Tour.

South Korea's Pak Se-ri finished 10th at the 2003 SBS Super Tournament on the Korean tour but no woman has qualified for the last two rounds on one of the top-level tours.

Wie was disqualified on her professional debut after falling foul of a drop violation during her third round and forfeited her fourth place finish and $53,000 in prize money.

November 25, 2005

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