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Michelle Wie Disqualified at LPGA State Farm Classic
Saturday July 19, 2008 It had been a fantastic week for
Michelle Wie at the LPGA State Farm Classic. She
was playing better than she had in two years, shooting
67-65-67 to finish three rounds at 17-under par and
one stroke off the lead. It looked like Wie would finish
high enough to earn enough money to secure an
LPGA Tour card for 2009.
It looked like she might even win.
Then disaster struck.
Disaster that Wie brought on herself, once again.
Following completion of the third round on Saturday,
Wie was informed that she had failed to sign her score
card following the second round.
No signature on the scorecard equals disqualification.
And that's what Wie got.
The AP report notes:
The 18-year-old Wie, who appeared to have been crying, told
reporters she made a mistake. "I don't know how it
happened," she said.
This is the second disqualification for Wie since she
turned pro near the end of 2005.
The first instance happened in her very first event
as a professional, the 2005 Samsung World Championship,
and involved an improper drop.
It will be very, very difficult now for Wie to win enough money
to secure that 2009 LPGA Tour card without having to go
through Q-School. Wie needed roughly $80,000 in her final
two sponsor exemptions; now she needs at least that much
in her last tournament, the Canadian Women's Open,
Wie will likely need a Top 5 finish in Canada to reach her
Brent's Golf Blog
By Brent Kelley, About.com Guide to Golf since 2002
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