Michelle Wie's comeback from the wrist injury she suffered earlier this year will continue this weekend, as she barely made the LPGA Championship cut yesterday with a 3-over-par 147.
Wie had to wait until the final group finished before finding out she would be playing today. It took a bogey by Karen Davies on the par-4 18th to keep Wie from being sent home early.
Despite her up-and-down round, Wie was encouraged.
"I felt like I actually played some pretty good golf out there," said Wie, who shot a 2-over 74 in the second round.
Wie, who caused a stir by arriving at Bulle Rock last week to practice only two days after withdrawing from Annika Sorenstam's tournament in South Carolina with a reported wrist injury, flirted with missing the cut all morning.
Wie got off to a rough start, bogeying the par-5 second hole. After a birdie on the par-4 fourth got her to 1-over, Wie made bogeys on the fifth and sixth, both par-4s. She also bogeyed the par-4 ninth.
After back-to-back birdies on the par-4 14th and the par-5 15th, Wie pumped her fist enthusiastically after each. She failed to capitalize on her momentum, however, finishing with a bogey on the par-4 18th after hitting her tee shot to the right and then hitting her second shot in front of a temporary structure 15 yards right of the fairway.
"I just have to play more -- it's that simple," said Wie, 17, who has been sidelined for much of the year since suffering a fractured left wrist while jogging. "I know I'm not 100 percent, so I'm just asking everyone to be patient with me. Today was 5,000 times better than last week."
Wie has yet to use her driver, instead using fairway woods and long irons off the tee. She attributed that decision to both her wrist injury and her lack of confidence. "Right now I think it's both," Wie said.
Wie's recent struggles on the golf course haven't affected her sense of humor. When asked what her plans would be after this tournament, Wie said: "I'm definitely going to Florida to work on my game with David [Leadbetter]. That's what I want to do, although it's going to be 500 degrees outside. Maybe I'll play butt-naked."
Davies eyes Hall, too
With all of the talk about Se Ri Pak's becoming eligible for the World Golf Hall of Fame this week, another golfer is trying to accomplish the same thing.
England's Laura Davies, in her 20th year on tour, is one major championship away.
After a first-round 4-under 68 put her one shot off the lead, Davies came back with a 3-over 75, leaving her seven shots behind.
"I'm going to have to shoot two rounds in the 60s to remain competitive," Davies said. "But I'm hitting the ball well, so you never know."