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Wie Fails in Bid to Make U.S. Open

June 5, 2006

SUMMIT, N.J. (AP) _ Michelle Wie failed in her bid to become the first woman to play in the U.S. Open, teasing a frenzied gallery for 27 holes until three straight bogeys Monday afternoon sent her to a 3-over 75 and into the middle of the pack.

Her next stop is a major _ against the women.

Wie opened with a 68 on the easier South course and still had a chance to get one of 18 spots available to the 153-player field at Canoe Brook when she strode confidently to the back nine. Needing at least one birdie to have a chance, her inability to master the greens finally caught up with her. And the cheers from 3,500 fans that carried her throughout the day turned to tepid applause at the end.

She finished at 1-over 143, a score that might have been good enough to make the cut if this were a tournament.

But she was trying to make history, not a cut. And ultimately, she didn’t come close.

``I’m very proud of her,″ said her father, B.J. Wie. ``A little disappointed, but very proud. I think Michelle demonstrated that it’s possible for a woman to play in a men’s major.″

For now, the 16-year-old from Hawaii will have to stick to the other majors. She now goes to Bulle Rock north of Baltimore to play in the LPGA Championship, where she was runner-up last year and will be among the favorites.

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