Michelle Wie's pro debut made her look like an amateur yesterday when she was disqualified for taking a bad drop from the bushes in the third round of the Samsung World Championship.
Talk about a rude welcome to the professional world.
First, Annika Sorenstam blew away the field to win by eight shots, even with a double bogey on the last hole.
Then, the 16-year-old Wie no sooner had signed for a 74 to finish fourth -- worth $53,126 -- that LPGA Tour officials took her out to the seventh hole to discuss a drop she took the day before.
Wie hit a 5-wood into a Gold Lantana bush Saturday and was barely able to find it. She told Grace Park she was taking an unplayable lie, dropped away from the bush for a one-stroke penalty, then chipped to 15 feet and made the par. It was a critical par save, and Wie went on to a 71.
The LPGA Tour was notified about the drop, and officials reviewed tape from NBC Sports before taking Wie and caddie Greg Johnston to the seventh green after the tournament ended yesterday.
Nearly two hours later, LPGA Tour rules officials said she was disqualified.
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Mark McNulty won his second Champions Tour title of the year, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Gil Morgan in the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Tex.
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Mary Pierce won the women's event for her second Kremlin Cup title, a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Pierce, who also captured this tournament in 1998, will climb to a No. 5 ranking for the first time in five years. . . .
Ivan Ljubicic won his second straight title, beating Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), in the BA-CA Trophy final in Vienna. Ljubicic, who had 20 aces, won last week in Metz, France. The 26-year-old Croatian won his fourth career title, capturing two in 2004.
* RUNNING: Benson Cherono of Kenya won the Beijing International Marathon despite mistakenly running off the course and shortening his route by 800 meters. Cherono finished in 2 hours 6 minutes 55 seconds -- 40 seconds faster than the best time in Beijing and 5:20 ahead of runner-up James Moiben of Kenya.
Sun Yingjie of China ran 2:21:01 to win the women's race for the third straight time, beating two other Chinese, Zhou Chunxiu and Sun Weiwei. . . .
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-- From News Services