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Wie trails by four strokes after first round of Safeway Classic

August 18, 2012
The Associated Press

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) - Michelle Wie shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday in the first round of the Safeway Classic, leaving her four shots behind the leaders, Sydnee Michaels and Mika Miyazato.

Wie, a Punahou School graduate, has missed seven of 10 cuts this season and lost in the first round of a match-play event. On Friday, she had her lone bogey on the 18th hole at Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course, and broke par for only the fifth time in 34 rounds this season.

"It's just one week it seems so easy and another week, or another year, for me everything seems so difficult," Wie said. "But I've got to stay positive. Nothing good will come out of it if you keep beating yourself up. The game is hard enough as it is without me doing that to myself.

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Michelle Wie watches a shot on the first hole during Friday’s opening round of the Safeway Classic.

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"I'm just trying to stay positive after every round, looking at the positives and feeling good about each week and really trying not to doubt my game, because I know I have it."

Michaels and Miyazato each had eight birdies and a bogey.

Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Pornanong Phatlum were a stroke back. So Yeon Ryu, the Toledo Classic winner last week, was two shots behind at 67 along with Brittany Lincicome, Alison Walshe and Jee Young Lee.




7 a.m.-PGA Wyndham Championship, GOLF

9 a.m.-PGA Wyndham Championship, CBS

9 a.m.-Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open, GOLF

10 a.m.-U.S. Amateur semifinals: Justin Thomas vs. Michael Weaver; Steven Fox vs. Brandon Hagy, NBC

12:30 p.m.-LPGA Safeway Classic, GOLF



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