Wie Aims for First Under-Par Round Since '06

17-year-old hasn't broken even in 23 consecutive outings
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2007 7:02 AM CDT
Michelle Wie reacts on the 15th tee durng the second round at the 2007 Women's U.S. Open golf championship in Southern Pines, N.C., Saturday, June 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Michelle Wie will tee off at the 2007 Evian Masters today, the tournament in which, a year ago, she shot her last under-par outing on the LPGA Tour. Plagued recently by injury, Wie has played 23 rounds without breaking even since her second-place finish at last year's Masters. The 17-year-old last performed at the U.S. Women's Open in June, but resigned in the second round.

"I just want to be able to play a pain-free round," says Wie, who was chastised earlier this year when LPGA members found she'd played a practice outing after citing an injury to withdraw from an event. "I feel really bad for her," said Karrie Webb, 2006's Evian champ, "She is only 17, and too many people have been too hard on her."