Michelle Wie faded down the stretch and shot a 6-over-par 76 on the first day of stroke play at the men's Amateur Public Links yesterday in Lebanon, Ohio.
Playing in front of a huge gallery, Wie tied for 84th in the 156-player field. The low 64 scorers over 36 holes of medal play -- the second 18 is today -- move on to match play tomorrow.
Wie, 15, who won the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links, is playing in the men's APL because the winner traditionally gets an invitation to the Masters. She just missed the cut at the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic last week, finding trouble on the final few holes. It was more of the same yesterday. She shot a 41 on the back nine.
"I played the front nine on Sunday, so I knew what I was doing," Wie said. "I breezed through the back nine. I didn't have a clue how it would play under tournament conditions."
She said a score around even-par 70 might be good enough to get her into match play.
"Par's a good score -- that's what I'll be thinking tomorrow," she said.
Chan Song, the older brother of twin sisters Naree and Aree Song, who play on the LPGA Tour, and Garrett Jones of Rewey, Wis., shared the first-round lead after opening at 6-under 66.
* SOCCER: Jamil Walker's hat trick led D.C. United to a 3-2 victory over the United Soccer League's Rochester Raging Rhinos in an exhibition game before a crowd of 8,347 in Cary, N.C.
Walker scored in the 15th, 21st and 68th minutes to give D.C. United a 3-0 lead. The reigning MLS Cup champions used mostly reserve players, including goalkeepers Troy Perkins in the first half and Andrew Webber in the second half.
* WNBA: The league has suspended Detroit Shock point guard Elaine Powell for five games after an incident involving Powell and Mystics guard Coco Miller in a game at MCI Center on Thursday.
Powell appeared to elbow Miller in the side of the head. Miller had to be helped to the Washington bench by team trainers. No foul was called on the play and Miller returned to the game. . . .
Joe Bryant, the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was hired as an assistant coach for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
* AUTO RACING: NASCAR fined the crew chief for Johnny Sauter $15,000 after Sauter's car failed inspection at Daytona International Speedway.
Joel Shear was fined $10,000 for using unapproved rear coil spring mounts before the Pepsi 400 on July 2. He was also fined $5,000 because the infraction violated his probation that was imposed in April for a previous rules infraction.
* COURTS: Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael is facing charges for the second time in 13 months for allegedly hitting his wife.
McMichael, 26, was arrested early Saturday morning in Columbia County, Ga., after witnesses told police that he had given his wife, Cawanna McMichael, a bloody nose. He was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass.
* HORSE RACING: English Channel, winner of the inaugural $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup last month, will face 10 other top 3-year-old grass runners Saturday in the Grade III $750,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent County.
The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, has won four of five starts, including the Woodlawn Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico. English Channel's opposition will include the Bobby Frankel-trained Rebel Rebel, a Grade I-placed horse in Ireland, as well as three-time Grade III stakes winner Rey de Cafe.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports