Wie one shot off cut line

Posted: Friday, July 08, 2005

SILVIS, Ill. — Michelle Wie wants to do more than make history.

The 15-year-old shot 1-under 70 at the John Deere Classic on Thursday, keeping her hopes alive of being the first woman in 60 years to make a cut on the PGA Tour. She was on the right side of the line when she finished, but the cut had moved to 2 under at the end of the day.

''I'm not really thinking about the cut,'' said Wie, who is tied for 73rd. ''I'm only five shots behind (the early leaders), and if I put up three crazy rounds, who knows?''

Go ahead and dream big. It wasn't so long ago the mere idea of a woman playing on the PGA Tour was farfetched.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the last woman to make a cut on the PGA Tour, at the 1945 Tucson Open, and it would be another 58 years before Annika Sorenstam teed it up at the 2003 Colonial. Suzy Whaley played at the Greater Hartford Open later that year; neither women made the cut.

Wie has played the Sony Open the last two years, missing the cut by a stroke in 2004. She missed it by seven strokes this year.

''It's impressive at 15, that's for sure,'' said Scott Gutschewski, one of Wie's playing partners Thursday. ''I don't know how many 15-year-olds could come out here and do that, let alone a 15-year-old girl.''

But the girl can play.

This was her second-lowest round in a PGA Tour event, and she beat both her playing partners. She played her last 10 holes at 3 under, had five drives over 290 yards and missed only one putt from inside 10 feet.

She also had one of the most impressive shots of the day, getting within 10 feet of the pin from about 260 yards out on the par-5 17th. She missed her eagle putt, but made a 3-footer for birdie to get to 1 under.

Oh yeah, and Hunter Mahan shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead and J.L. Lewis is one stroke behind.

''She's going to beat a lot of guys today. She'll probably beat a lot of guys tomorrow,'' said Gutschewski, who finished at even par. ''She's going to beat a lot of guys for the rest of her life, I'm sure.''

Scottish Open

LUSS, Scotland — Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 in the Scottish Open, leaving him three strokes behind first-round leaders Angel Cabrera and Stuart Little in the final event before the British Open next week at St. Andrews.

Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic

SYLVANIA, Ohio — U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim shot a 6-under 65 — her LPGA Tour best — for a share of the first-round lead with Becky Morgan in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Angela Stanford and Gloria Park opened with a 67, and defending champion Meg Mallon, Young Kim and Jeong Jang had 68s on the Highland Meadows course.

Ford Senior Players Championship

DEARBORN, Mich. — Graham Marsh shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Watson, Isao Aoki and Ron Streck after the first round of the Ford Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour's second major of the year.

Dana Quigley, Wayne Levi and Jim Ahern opened with 67s, and Hale Irwin topped a large group at 68 on the TPC of Michigan.

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