Wie Forgets to Sign Scorecard, Has to Go Home

18-year-old was in second place, will lose big paycheck
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2008 9:25 PM CDT
Michelle Wie chips onto the 18th green during the third round of the LPGA State Farm Classic golf tournament in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, July 19, 2008.    (Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – Michelle Wie, playing her best golf of the year, forgot to sign her scorecard and was disqualified from the State Farm Classic in Illinois. Wie, 18, had finished the third round only one shot behind the leader. "I don't know why or how it happened," said Wie, who took no questions. Said the LPGA official who delivered the bad news to the teenager: "She was like a little kid after you tell them there's no Santa Claus."

Wie will miss out on a hefty paycheck. The winner gets $255,000 and second place pays $155,000, amounts that would have virtually guaranteed her a place on the LPGA Tour next year. Wie remains a part-time player trying to become a full-fledged tour member for the first time.