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Michelle Wie at Women's British Open 2014: Daily Scores and Leaderboard Updates

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Michelle Wie of the United States acknowledges the crowd during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale on July 10, 2014 in Southport, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Michelle Wie's second round at the 2014 Women's British Open was worse than the first round, putting her firmly on the wrong side of the cut line. 

The U.S. Open champion couldn't do anything right on the front nine, racking up for bogeys. She did get better after making the turn with a birdie on 12 and 14, but a bogey on 14 and double-bogey on 16 ended any hope she had of making it to the weekend. 

She finished Friday with a six-over 78, putting her at nine over for the tournament with a projected cut line at six-over. 

Here's a closer look at Wie's scorecard for Day 2:

Michelle Wie Women's British Open Round 1 Scorecard

Wie never got her feet under her in this event, starting with a three-over par 75 on Thursday and imploding to six-over 78 on Friday. 

The American star didn't sound comfortable after the first round, telling reporters, via ESPN.com, that she was off:

I definitely felt like my tempo was a little bit off. But it's a long way until Sunday, and I battled out there. It's not the score I was looking forward to on Thursday, but it could have been a lot worse.

Wie didn't rest on her laurels and considerable talent to get back in contention. Golf Juice TV tweeted a picture of her on the practice range:

Unfortunately it wasn't enough for Wie. She will head home for the weekend looking for answers coming off the biggest win of her career last month at the U.S. Open. 

Wie had a tough opening day at the Women's British Open, recording a finish of three-over to fall well off the pace during Round 1.

The prodigious American could only tie for 39th place upon her return to the clubhouse, making two birdies during her whole round.

Here is her full scorecard for Day 1:

Michelle Wie Women's British Open Round 1 Scorecard

The Women's British Open Twitter account posted a picture of Wie after her round ended as she addressed the press to talk about the challenges of the course:


The overall lead at the conclusion of Wie's round was taken by Japan's Ayako Uehara, who shot a strong four-under 68 to move seven shots clear of Wie.

Second place was Morgan Pressel of the U.S., who hit a credible round of 70, lifting her within two of the leader.

Stacy Lewis, Holly Clyburn, Sarah Kemp and Mo Martin all produced a solid 18 holes of golf, ending just one shot behind Pressel at one under.

Here is how the leaderboard stands at the conclusion of Wie's first round:

Women's British Open 2014 Clubhouse Leaderboard at 2 p.m.
PositionPlayerTo Par
1Ayako Uehara-4
2Morgan Pressel-2
T3Stacy Lewis-1
T3Holly Clyburn-1
T3Angela Stanford-1
T3Brittany Lang-1
T7Anna NordqvistPar
T7Lexi ThompsonPar
T7Karrie WebbPar
T7Mo MartinPar
T49Michelle Wie+3


For a comprehensive review of the leaderboard, visit the official Ladies' Professional Golf Association website.

Wie never really hit her best form all day as she struggled to find any positive or aggressive form. A dropped shot on the first was soon recovered with a birdie on the second, but she simply could not sink the necessary putts.

She parred holes three and four but then landed a bogey on the fifth. This was to be the second of five bogeys recorded on her card for the round.

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Michelle Wie of the United States hits her 2nd shot on the 3rd hole during the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale on July 10, 2014 in Southport, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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A further dropped shot on the ninth saw Wie out in 37, turning in a disappointing two-over.

Her form barely improved on the back nine. Bogeys were once again hit on the 14th and 16th holes as Wie sank to four over.

The American was recorded driving from the 16th tee on her way to yet another dropped shot:


However, there was a happy end to the round as Wie shot a rare birdie at the 18th. The small victory ended her day at three over, but it is a long way back to title contention from here.

Wie is an exceptional talent but will need to up her game to play herself back into contention for the major prize. She hit only seven fairways all day and will know she has a sharper game than what was witnessed on Thursday.

Friday now becomes crucial. If she can shoot similar figures to the women on top of the board on Day 1, she can set up a weekend charge. Another dismal outing like today will end any thought of a challenge.

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