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Wie loses in first round of match-play event

May 18, 2012
By TOM CANAVAN , The Associated Press

GLADSTONE, N.J. - Michelle Wie didn't last long at the Sybase Match Play Championship. Neither did a host of other big names, including defending champion Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Ai Miyazato.

Wie, seeded 20th, lost 3 and 2 to No. 45 Mina Harigae on Thursday at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in the first round. Harigae took the lead for good on the Punahou School graduate with a birdie at No. 8.

Pettersen, seeded third, was eliminated 3 and 1 by No. 62 Jodi Ewart, ranked No. 202 in the world. Creamer, the No. 8 seed, was beaten 2 and 1 by Jennifer Johnson, the No. 57 seed. Lincicome, seeded ninth, was ousted 2 and 1 by No. 56 Ryann O'Toole. No. 61 Mariajo Uribe defeated the fourth-seeded Miyazato 2 up in the final match of the day.

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Michelle Wie reacts to a shot on the 16th hole during a 3-and-2 loss to Mina Harigae in the first round of the Sybase Match Play Championship on Thursday.
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Top-ranked Yani Tseng escaped with a 1-up win after Jeong Jang missed a six-foot birdie attempt that could have forced a playoff.

"It's not an easy course to play," Tseng said. "This is the top 64, that's why we play here. So I mean, you cannot expect the first one is going to be easy to win."

Pettersen won the first two holes, but tied the match with a seven-foot birdie at No. 5, and went in front to stay at No. 12.

"On paper, I'm not supposed to win at all, so there's no pressure on me," said Ewart, whose best finish this year was a tie for seventh in the Kia Classic. "I just went out there and played fearless golf because I was attacking the pins."

No. 2 Na Yeon Choi was all square with No. 63 Grace Park after 16 holes, but birdied the final two for a 2-up win.



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