Wie falters in first round of European Open

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/Apmichellewie2.jpg' class='caption'> Michelle Wie is facing another missed cut playing with the men.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland:

Michelle Wie is facing another missed cut playing with the men. The 16-year-old American struggled on the par 3s, hooked too many tee shots and scrambled for a 7-over 78 ON Thursday in the first round of the European Masters. Her chances look slim of making the halfway cut for only the second time playing in a men's event. "The par 3s ate me alive today," she said. "I didn't have any feel for the game." Wie was tied for 146th on the Alpine layout, with only five players shooting a poorer score. It was Wie's 10th tournament playing with men, and only her first playing on the European Tour. Wie was 12 shots behind leaders Anthony Wall, Robert Coles and David Carter, who shot 5-under 66. Defending champion Sergio Garcia, who has a summer home near the course, shot a 68, to contend in a relatively weak field. Wie had a double bogey, seven bogeys and two birdies. But par 3s were the problem. She parred the first of the par 3s, then dropped five strokes at the other four, including a double bogey at the 176-yard No. 8. Wie, however, picked up a moral victory, beating one of her playing partners. Englishman Nick Dougherty shot a 79 and her other partner, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain, had a 70. Wie's worst round playing a men's tournament came earlier this year in the Sony Open in Hawaii, where she opened with a 9-over 79. She responded with a 68 in the second round but still missed the cut. Wie made her only cut playing against men earlier this year at the SK Telecom Open in South Korea, finishing 12 shots off the lead. She withdrew from the John Deere Classic in July because of heat exhaustion. Wie is playing in her first European Tour event. England's Laura Davies is the only other woman to play on the European Tour, finishing next to last in the 2004 ANZ Championship in Sydney. (AP)

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