Michelle Wie shot a 7-over 79 in the first round of the Safeway Classic at Portland, Ore., yesterday and trails co-leaders Sophie Gustafson and Ji-Young Oh, who fired 66s.
Wie in danger of missing cut at Safeway Classic
PORTLAND, Ore. » Michelle Wie opened the Safeway Classic with a 7-over 79 yesterday, putting her in danger of missing the cut at the LPGA Tour event.
Wie double-bogeyed two holes on the back nine at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, didn't card a birdie until the par-3 16th, and lost that stroke with a bogey on 18.
Wie, who begins classes at Stanford on Sept. 24, said the wrist that has bothered her for sometime was sore, but said it didn't account for her poor round.
"I just couldn't get anything going," she said. "A lot of putts that should have gone in didn't go in. Every single putt was right on the lip."
Wie got into trouble on 10th, hitting her second shot into a fairway bunker. She hit her next shot fat and it flew into a greenside bunker. After fluffing a shot that didn't get out of the trap, she lost her composure, kicking some sand before switching wedges. She put the next shot on the green and two-putted for double bogey.
She hit her tee shot into the water on the 155-yard 13th hole, and doubled that hole, too.
Wie rolled in a 22-foot putt for birdie on 16, a lone bright spot in the round.
"Truthfully it's not the easiest thing when you are out there and struggling," she said. "Obviously I am not happy when I don't perform."
Michelle Wie's only birdie came on the 16th hole.