Wie's tour future in doubt after second-round 79

Michelle Wie's future participation in the European Tour is in doubt after finishing last on her European Tour debut in the Omega European Masters today.

Wie added a second-round 79 to her opening 78 for a 15-over-par total of 157 - 22 shots behind clubhouse leaders Bradley Dredge and Marcel Siem. Swiss amateur Sandro Tan-Piaget had finished on 16 over but was then disqualified for signing for a wrong score.

Wie, who has now missed the cut in nine of her 10 appearances in men’s events, said: “I’m still in shock. I didn’t know what sport I was playing.

“I couldn’t get any of my shots to go but things like today don’t scare me away. It makes me more motivated.”

Wie is playing against the men again on the US Tour next week and added: “I’m looking forward to wider fairways and bigger greens!

“My coach David Leadbetter is coming next week and we have a lot of work to do.”

Whether Wie receives further invites to play in Europe remains to be seen however. European Tour executive director George O’Grady admitted he would need “a lot of persuading” for it to happen again, adding: “I’m pleased we have done this experiment, once.

“This was a one-off request which we will evaluate in the weeks to come.

“It has been interesting. I don’t think she has played as well as she would have wanted. She is a phenomenal talent that has not played to her potential. I think it’s time to evaluate and take stock. No-one denies her talent but someone has to finish last every week.

“We can see the interest it’s created. There have been enormous galleries, which have been difficult to control, but I still think the worst crowd you can have is no crowd.”

After her opening round Wie talked optimistically about making “lots of birdies today” but instead started with two bogeys on an overcast morning.

Back-to-back double bogeys on the 14th and 15th, both reachable par fives, compounded the misery and she managed just one birdie in a front nine of 41. A back nine of 38 was more respectable but overall her performance no doubt delighted critics of her appearance in men’s events.

At the other end of the leaderboard, Dredge had set the clubhouse target on seven under par after a 67 containing five birdies and just one bogey and was joined by Germany’s Siem who also carded a 67.

Francesco Molinari, winner of the Italian Open earlier this season, was a shot further back while pre-tournament favourite Sergio Garcia was about to start his second round on three under.


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