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Big hit refocuses Wie for match-play win

Michelle Wie, chipping to No. 2, had seven birdies and one bogey in her first-round win over Stacy Prammanasudh.

Associated Press

Michelle Wie, chipping to No. 2, had seven birdies and one bogey in her first-round win over Stacy Prammanasudh.

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Michelle Wie smacked herself on the rear end after three-putting for her lone bogey in the first round of the Sybase Match Play Champion­ship.

"I was angry," said Wie, a 2-up winner over Stacy Prammanasudh on Thursday at Hamilton Farm. "I do that so that I get angry and forget about it and move on.

"I just said, 'It was a stupid error, a stupid mistake.' I get mad at myself for a little bit, so I don't take it to the next tee box and I'm completely over it."

It worked.

After falling behind with the bogey on the par-3 eighth, Wie birdied Nos. 10 and 11 to regain the lead. Prammanasudh birdied 15 to tie it, but Wie pulled ahead with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th and won with a conceded birdie on 18.

Wie, seeded eighth, faces Hee Young Park, a 19-hole winner over Ji Young Oh, in the second round today.

Top seed Jiyai Shin, No. 2 Ai Miyazato and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson also advanced, and Juli Inkster rallied to beat third seed Suzann Pettersen in 21 holes.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, seeded 16th, lost to 62nd seed Beatriz Recari 1-up.

"I just didn't play good, especially coming down the stretch," said Lincicome, who won the event four years ago. "Couldn't hit the right club, couldn't hit the right yardage. … I was driving it well. … Just my second shots were awful."

Recari won despite giving up 60-70 yards off the tee to Lincicome.

"I had to be very strong mentally," said Recari, a 23-year-old Spaniard making her fourth LPGA Tour start. "I just had to focus on my strengths."

PGA: Jason Day birdied four of his first six holes on his way to 4-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the Byron Nelson Championship when play was suspended late in the day at Irving, Texas.

Rain threatened all day. It never fell, but the weather radar looked so scary that there was a delay of 3 hours, 44 minutes.

Joe Durant finished with an eagle and a birdie to match Day at 66. Steve Elkington, Hunter Mahan and Jarrod Lyle were still on the course at 4 under.

The first round is scheduled to be finished this morning, followed by the second round.

Jordan Spieth, a 16-year-old high school junior from Dallas and the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, is the first high schooler to get a sponsor's exemption for the event since Tiger Woods in 1993. He shot par through 11 holes.

European: Danny Willett set a course record by shooting 6-under 65 in the PGA Champion­ship for a one-stroke lead at Wentworth, England.

Top European player Lee Westwood and defending champion Paul Casey shot 70.

The course, redesigned by Ernie Els, features cavernous bunkers around every green and water in front of the greens on Nos. 8 and 18.

Els was bogey-free and 3 under when he attempted to reach the green on the par-5 18th in two and ended up with his ball in the water. He finished with 69.

Big hit refocuses Wie for match-play win 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:44pm]
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