Michelle Wie's golf career hit its peak a month ago when the Stanford graduate won the U.S. Women's Open. Wie, however, plummeted into a valley on Friday when she missed the cut at the Ricoh Women's British Open.
The 24-year-old, whose career has been a series of ups and downs, followed up her opening round of 75 with a second-round 78 and will be a spectator this weekend at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.
This venue has been good to the native Hawaiian in the past, as it was here she finished third as a 15-year-old amateur nine years ago. But, it wasn't so kind these past two days as she missed the cut by three shots.
Wie came to the 16th hole at 6-over par, but still in with a chance of making the cut. After taking a penalty drop after finding some bushes, Wie ended up with a double-bogey six. She then took a bogey six at the 17th and three-putted for a par-five at the 18th to finish at a very unglorious 9-over par.
"It really sucks," Wie told reporters. "But, it is good motivation to find out how I can improve. I didn't hit it well and I didn't putt well. I was always just a bit to the left or a bit to the right of where I needed to be. I was in difficult positions and always fighting for pars. Bogeys happen here but I never made the birdies I usually do.
"I'm extremely disappointed how I played. But, you know, there's nothing I can do about it . . . It's just one of those weeks where I got off on the wrong foot and never felt comfortable. Birkdale is great. It's just a shame I won't be able to play it the next two days."
Stanford senior Patrick Rodgers was the talk of the John Deere Classic a year ago, finishing 15th in his final year as an amateur.
This year, Rodgers won't even play the third round after failing to make the cut in the $4.7 million event at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL.
Rodgers shot an even par 71 on Friday after firing a 1-over 72 in Thursday's first round.
Cardinal grad Cameron Wilson, also in his first season as a professional, missed the cut by a single stroke after shooting a 3-under 68 in the second round. He opened with a 2-over 73.
USTA Pro Circuit
Stanford grad Bradley Klahn is the top-ranked player entered at the $50,000 Binghamton Challenger, which gets underway on Monday.
Klahn reached the championship match at the event in both singles and doubles last year. He won the doubles title, with Michael Venus, and lost in three sets in the singles match.
Stanford grad Nicole Gibbs is scheduled to play in the $50,000 USTA Player Development Classic in Carson, which also begins Monday.
Cardinal grad Kristie Ahn and Stanford junior Krista Hardebeck are listed as alternates.