Wie takes swing at history

Golfer Michelle Wie feels all grown up now.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Golfer Michelle Wie feels all grown up now. She looked like she belonged on the US PGA Tour, one shot better than the cut line with momentum on her side last year at the John Deere Classic. Then came a double bogey on her 15th hole with two shots into a bunker and three putts from 20 feet. Her next shot sailed far right of the green, smacking off a cart path. And after missing the cut by two shots, it was time to go home. "I made a couple of bad decisions coming into the final holes, but I was only 15,'' Wie said. "I can make mistakes when I'm 15. Hopefully, I learned from those mistakes that I made last year, and hopefully, I won't do them this year.'' She said. Test begins Her next shot at history starts on Thursday, when she tees it up on the US PGA Tour for the fifth time, hopeful of becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut on the US PGA Tour. "I feel better about my game,'' Wie said. She keeps coming closer to her first professional victory, and first of any kind since she won the US Women's Amateur Public Links at age 13. She has finished a combined five shots out of the lead in three US LPGA majors this year, lipping out a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship to miss out on a playoff. And the last time Wie played against the men, she made the cut on the Asian Tour, finishing 12 shots out of the lead in the SK Telecom Open. With most of the top golfers preparing for the British Open, Wie brings attention to an event that would probably slip by quietly, otherwise. Wie is attempting to rewrite the rules this week, to clear a barrier. She came close to making the cut a year ago. And she has come close to winning on the women's tour. (AP)