CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland - Michelle Wie didn’t just fail to make the cut in her latest men’s tournament. She finished dead last.
Wie struggled to an 8-over 79 Friday at the European Masters, missing the cut at a men’s event for the ninth time in 10 attempts.
The 16-year-old from Hawaii, who shot a 78 in Thursday’s first round, finished at 15-over 157 — last of the 152 players who completed 36 holes. She was 22 shots off the lead shared by Andrew McLardy (65), Bradley Dredge (67) and Marcel Siem (67).
“I’m still in shock,” Wie said. “I didn’t know what sport I was playing out there. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed again. I really just couldn’t get anything going.”
After bogeys on her first two holes Friday, Wie took double-bogey 7s on successive par-5s. Starting her round at the 10th, she hit her third shot into the middle of the lake at the 598-yard 14th.
Then Wie drove out of bounds at the 15th.
While Wie had a double-bogey and three bogeys on the five par-3 Thursday, she dropped only two strokes on those holes Friday.
“My bunker play was better and I putted better,” she said. “But I wish I had a little more feel for the game before I came here. It was not my day.”
Sergio Garcia, the defending champion and tournament favorite, shot 69 and shared fifth place at 5-under. The Spaniard began with an eagle 3 on a 55-foot putt, then bogeyed the next three before a birdie at the 5th.
Wie said she looks forward to playing better against the men next week at the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa.
“Now that I played a tournament this week, I feel I know what sport I’m playing,” she said. “I’m really motivated for next week.”
She expects her coach, David Leadbetter, to join her at the event.
“It makes me want to come back and show that I’m a better player than this,” she said. “My view is that to get better on the men’s tour and to be a better player, I have to keep playing men’s events.
“If I just play women’s events, I only get better at women’s events. I feel I have a good balance now.”
European Tour executive director George O’Grady has the final say in Wie’s participation in future events.
O’Grady said he would have been surprised had Wie made the cut.
“I think it’s daunting here,” he said. “I share what she said on her short game. If you miss fairways, you put a lot of pressure on your short game. And she missed a few fairways.”
“This is not a golf course I would have said she could play,” he said. “She had no chance round here. And I just don’t think women can compete against the men.”
Wie played at the urging of her sponsor, Swiss watchmaker Omega, which sponsors the tournament. She said attending high school in Hawaii for one week before arriving in Switzerland hampered her preparation.
Earlier this year, Wie survived the cut in a men’s event at the SK Telecom Open in South Korea, finishing 12 shots off the lead. Laura Davies is the only other woman to play on the European Tour, finishing next to last in the 2004 ANZ Championship in Sydney.
Wie’s previous worst round in a men’s tournament came this year in the Sony Open in Hawaii, where she opened with a 9-over 79. She had a 68 in the second round but missed the cut.
Latest golf video
Merion showed the players who the real winner was
The U.S. Open at Merion was a week to remember for Justin Rose and the fans, but it was a week to forget for just about everyone else. Merion did the unthinkable and made the "Immortals" look human.
Top 10 'accessible' golf courses
From California to Florida, these amazing greens are open for anyone to play.