In an awesome display of birdies that shot her into contention with a career-best 65, 16-year-old Michelle Wie got a fortuitous ruling at Bighorn Golf Club by getting relief from a desert bush where a few dozen bees were hovering.
She wound up her afternoon in Palm Desert, Calif., at the Samsung World Championship two shots behind Grace Park, who recovered from a four-putt double bogey to shoot 6-under-par 66.
Park, who was at 11-under 133, will be paired with Wie in the final group tomorrow.
Annika Sorenstam bogeyed her final two holes for an even-par 71 and joined the group at 135 that included Wie and Paula Creamer.
Wie's tee shot on the par-4 15th lodged at the base of a Gold Lantana plant, and it appeared Wie would have to take a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie.
Instead, she recalled a rare golf tournament she watched on TV when a player got relief because of fire ants, and summoned rules official Jim Haley.
"They're just honey bees," Haley said.
"I got bit by a honey bee once," replied Wie, who then muttered, "My foot got all swollen."
Haley gave her a free drop under the "Decisions of Golf," which allows for relief when "it is unreasonable to expect the player to play from such a dangerous situation" such as a rattlesnake or bees' nest.
Wie blasted out of the lie onto the green and escaped with a par. . . .
Briny Baird carded a 5-under 66 for a two-shot lead midway through the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas. PGA Tour rookie Ryan Moore birdied six of his first nine holes and finished with an 8-under 63 that pulled him into a five-way tie for second with Kevin Stadler, Paul Goydos, Shigeki Maruyama and Bart Bryant. Phil Mickelson missed the cut. . . .
In Spring, Tex., Jay Haas got off to a fast start in his bid to win consecutive Champions Tour events, shooting a 7-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with Des Smyth and Morris Hatalsky in the Administaff Small Business Classic.
* BASKETBALL: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged he has been in "serious discussions" about becoming the U.S. national team coach.
A source told the Associated Press earlier this week that Krzyzewski was chosen during a USA Basketball conference call last week. He would coach the team for the 2006 world championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Official word is supposed to come Oct. 29.
* BASEBALL: Alan Trammell, fired last week by the Tigers, met with Devil Rays executives about the team's managerial opening. Trammell also interviewed this week with the Dodgers.
* BROADCASTING: Channel 5 reporter Jill Sorenson is leaving the Fox-owned station to become an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet's daily "SportsNite" program. Prior to joining Channel 5 last year, Sorenson spent four years as a sports reporter for NBC-owned Channel 4.
* PRO BASKETBALL: Warriors rookie forward Ike Diogu will miss the rest of the exhibition schedule with a broken left hand. . . .
76ers forward Michael Bradley will be out four to six weeks after having knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
* COLLEGES: University of Vermont men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan will be inducted into the Catholic University Athletic Hall of Fame tonight. Lonergan played at Catholic from 1984 to '88 and coached the team to the Division III national championship in 2001.
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