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Michelle Wie misses cut despite shooting 68

Michelle Wie missed the cut by four strokes at the Sony Open on Friday, despite firing a gutsy, two-under-par 68 in the second round.

Playing in the event for the third time, the 16-year-old Honolulu schoolgirl finished on seven-over 147 after a blustery day of sunshine, clouds and intermittent drizzle at Waialae Country Club.

The halfway cut fell at three-over 143 with 82 players qualifying for the weekend.

Wie's chances of becoming the first woman in 61 years to survive the halfway point at a PGA Tour event had been virtually blown away when she battled to a first-round 79.

She found herself in deeper trouble after slipping to 11 over after six holes on Friday before rallying with a superb run of four birdies in five holes around the turn.

Although she dropped two more shots over the closing stretch, she finished in style with a birdie at the par-five last.

"I was very crushed yesterday about how badly I had played," Wie told reporters after equalling her best round in a PGA Tour event. She carded a 68 in the second round of the 2004 Sony Open.

"I woke up this morning and told myself to try to relax, have fun and make lots of birdies.

"I played really good today and made seven birdies, although I made a few mistakes as well."

Wie conceded she had mixed emotions after her disappointing performance in the opening round.

"I'm kind of sad on one part," she said. "I feel really good about today's round. I kind of felt like I want to do it all over again, but I don't want to do this round over again.

"It's kind of mixed feelings right now. I'm disappointed. But, you know, I have a lot more years to go. Hopefully I'll just keep on getting better and better."

One her happiest memories of the week was her dazzling birdie run around the turn.

She added: "Just being able to have four birdies in five holes on a PGA Tour golf course when it was howling wind feels like: 'Wow, I actually accomplished something.'

"It feels great. It feels awesome."

Asked if she had felt less pressure than on the previous day, Wie replied: "Almost. I felt a bit more relaxed out there.

"I have a lot more to improve but I definitely think I can win out there (on the PGA Tour) one of these years."

The game's most celebrated teenager since Tiger Woods, Wie has now failed to make the cut in seven men's events, four of them on the PGA Tour.

She has also missed the cut in two of her first three tournaments since turning professional last October, both of them playing alongside the men, and was disqualified in the other.

Wie had been aiming to follow in the footsteps of fellow American Babe Zaharias, who made the cut at the Phoenix Open and Tucson Open on the 1945 PGA Tour.



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