Originally created 11/26/05

Wie is doomed by late run of bogeys

KOCHI, Japan - Distraught over poor play on the final two holes, Michelle Wie missed the cut by one stroke at the Casio World Open on Friday and plans to keep playing in men's tournaments.

She bogeyed the final two holes for 3-over-par 75, leaving her with a two-round total of 4-over 148 in the Japanese Tour event.

With a par on No. 18 Wie could have made the cut.

"I was a bit nervous walking up the 18th fairway," she said. "I was just trying to play a good hole and make par, but it didn't work out that way."

The meltdown was reminiscent of the 16-year-old Hawaiian's finish at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in July when she bogeyed two of her last four holes and missed the cut by two strokes.

The lead is shared by four players at 6-under 138. They are Mamoru Osanai (67 on Friday), Toru Suzuki (68) Taichi Teshima (69) and Toshi Izawa (70).

Wie was making her sixth start in a men's pro tournament. She failed to make the cut in three PGA Tour starts, a Nationwide Tour event and a Canadian Tour event.

"Hopefully, I can learn from the mistakes I made here and come back here," Wie said.

Wie wasn't about to read too much into these two rounds.

"I don't know if it proves anything that I didn't make the cut," she said. "It shows that it's possible and hopefully next time I can do it."

Wie won't have to wait long - she will play in the PGA's Sony Open in Hawaii in January.

"I really realized here that I need to work on a few things before the Sony Open," she said. "I've got to work on my irons and my putting."

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: In Fingal, Australia, Robert Allenby increased his lead to four strokes, shooting an even-par 72 in the second round of the Australasian Tour event.

Allenby, who fired a course-record 63 in the opening round at Moonah Links, remained at 9-under 135.

Adam Scott shot 73 and was four shots off the pace.

Five players shared third place at 4-under, including two-time winner Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling, Nathan Green, John Senden and Paul Sheehan.

American Spencer Levin, who finished Thursday in second place, had 77 and slipped to 3-under and a share of eighth place.

Hot and windy conditions angered many players as they tried to control their putting and approach shots on some of the faster greens.

Allenby, who claimed inflammation in his right hand was so bad four days before the tournament that he could hardly pick up a golf club, said he accepted the difficult weather conditions.

Stephen Leaney was one player who didn't. He refused to sign his card for 74 in protest and was disqualified.

CHINA OPEN: In Shenzhen, Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol shot 5-under-par 67 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round.

Chawalit, who shared the overnight lead with Frenchman Francois Delamontagne, is at 12-under.

Delamontagne had 70 and is tied for second place with former Augusta State University golfer Oliver Wilson (67 on Friday) of England.


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