Wie lumbers to an 81 at PGA event

Saturday, September 16, 2006

She was playing in the 84 Lumber Classic and, for a while Friday, it appeared Michelle Wie might shoot an 84.

Wie's drives constantly landed short of the big-hitting pros, forcing her to use long irons on her second shots when the men were pulling out 7-irons. Her putts wouldn't drop, either, during a second-round 81 in Farmington, Pa.

Wie, who turns 17 next month, tried and failed for a sixth time in her short career to make the cut in a PGA Tour event, something no woman has done since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945. But while Wie came close a couple of times, she looked badly out of place Friday during her second last-place finish in as many weeks against men.

Her rounds of 77 and 81 left her 13 shots away from making the cut and 23 shots behind co-leaders Ryan Moore and Ben Curtis.

World Match Play

One day after ending Tiger Woods' five-tournament winning streak by knocking him out of the World Match Play Championship, Shaun Micheel buried Luke Donald with a barrage of birdies to build a 7-up lead before holding on for a 4-and-2 victory in Virginia Water, England.

Colin Montgomerie again had to go all 36 holes to win his match, a 1-up victory over defending champion Michael Campbell. Paul Casey knocked off Mike Weir 5 and 3. Robert Karlsson had no trouble with Angel Cabrera, winning 4 and 3.

Montgomerie will face Casey, and Micheel will play Karlsson.

Champions Tour

Jim Thorpe hit a 3-wood about 238 yards to 3 feet to set up an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Constellation Energy Classic in Hunt Valley, Md.

-- The Associated Press

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