Donald surges to a 63 as Wie rallies for 78

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Luke Donald made birdies on half of his holes for a 7-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the Sony Open on Thursday.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Luke Donald didn't have much of a gallery so he barely heard any applause even as he made birdies on half of his holes for a 7-under 63 and a one-shot lead in the Sony Open on Thursday. The crowds were with Michelle Wie. And there wasn't much cheering there, either. "I heard no noise, really," Donald said. "I got one score update _ I wasn't sure if it was true - 8 over after eight." No, that wasn't true. She was 8 over after nine holes. Playing in the Sony Open for the fourth straight year, Wie hit into the water twice, the bunker twice, clipped two palm trees and didn't hit a fairway until the 15th hole. Headed for her worst score ever, the 17-year-old kept battling and played the back nine in even par for a 78. That's one stroke better than her opening round a year ago at Waialae. But it still leaves her chances of making the cut about the same as the second round being postponed by snow. "Even though I was playing bad, I knew I could always come back if I get the ball in the fairway," said Wie, who managed that just one time on a breezy day along the shores of Oahu. "At the end, I actually felt like I was playing golf." She was in next-to-last place, five shots clear of Hawaii club pro Abe Mariano (83). The best score by a Hawaii teen belonged to 16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa, one year younger and a foot (30 centimeters) shorter than Wie. Fujikawa, who qualified for the U.S. Open last year, opened with a 1-over 71 at Waialae, the same as Mercedes-Benz Championship winner Vijay Singh. K J Choi played in stiffer wind in the afternoon, made the turn in 30 and settled for a 64. Will MacKenzie continued riding his wave and, despite being bummed about a three-putt par on the 18th, shot a 65 and was tied for third with Jim Furyk.

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