SK TELECOM OPEN
American golfing sensation Michelle Wie walked the first hole in heavy rain during today's third round of the SK Telecom Open in Incheon, west of Seoul. The Hawaii teenager made her first cut in a professional men's tournament yesterday, but the third round of play was canceled because of rain. For more Wie coverage online later today from the SK Telecom Open, see asiantour.com
Rain cancels Wie’s third round
The SK Telecom Open will be completed today after poor weather cuts the event to 54 holes
INCHEON, South Korea » Michelle Wie was at the tee today when a major storm passed through, wiping out the third round of the SK Telecom Open.
The Asian Tour tournament will be cut to 54 holes after Wie made a little bit of history by accomplishing something in her ancestral homeland she failed to do in seven previous tries elsewhere: The American teen made the cut in a men's professional tournament.
With huge crowds cheering for the player they cherish as "big sister," Wie was at 5-under 139 after two rounds, tied for 17th.
"I'll try to play another good solid round. I will try my hardest like I've been doing," Wie said today. "If I play well, that's great. If I don't win, that's OK. See what happens."
The SK Telecom Open is the eighth men's professional event for Wie. She has played in four PGA Tour events and has competed on the Japan, Nationwide and Canadian tours, missing the 36-hole cut in all seven tournaments. No woman has made the cut on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Tucson Open.
When Wie played the third hole yesterday, a toddler in a flowery dress shouted "on-ni (big sister) fighting!" as Wie strode by.
Galleries of at least 1,000 people gathered around each hole she played, and police controlled traffic clogging an expressway that passes along the Sky 72 Golf Club course as onlookers cheered her bunker shot over a bluff on the 16th.
"I really enjoy that kind of thing," Wie said. "Police officers came to the people who stopped their cars and told them to move. The gallery was crowded and they made so much noise. It made me laugh a bit."