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Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Michelle Wie posted a two-under 68 Friday, but still missed the cut by one stroke at the Sony Open. Wie finished the event at even-par 144, one stroke over the cut of one-under-par 143, which included 79 players. Wie, who became the youngest woman to play in a PGA Tour event, needed to chip in for eagle on the 18th hole to make the cut. However, her pitch came to rest within five feet of the cup and she settled for birdie.

The 14-year-old showed some nerves during the second round, losing several drives to the right, but managed four birdies during the round.

She struggled out of the gate as her tee ball found the right rough. She was unable to get the ball to the green and settled for an opening bogey. She nearly came right back with a birdie at the second, but her birdie try lipped out.

Wie, who played once on the Nationwide Tour and once on the Canadian Tour last year, parred the next two holes at Waialae Country Club. She then lost her drive right on the fifth, and had to pitch down the fairway. She dropped her third within five feet of the hole and saved par. She got up-and-down for par on the sixth.

The ninth-grader then rolled in a birdie putt from over 50 feet out at the seventh to climb back to even-par for her round. She got up-and-down for par on the next two holes, before a two-putt par at the 10th.

Wie, who became the youngest USGA champion ever when she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links title last year, then drained a 53-footer for birdie on No. 11 to get to one-under on the day.

She struggled to a par on the 12th and missed the fairway to the right on 13, which led to her second bogey of the day. At the 14th, she left a birdie putt hanging on the lip, before an up-and-down par at 15.

Wie, needing to birdie her final three holes, dropped her second shot from 117 yards out to 17 feet at the 16th to set up her third birdie of the day. However, she missed the green short and left at the par-three 17th, but managed to par.

Heading to the par-five closing hole, Wie needed an eagle to advance to the weekend. Her second shot came up short of the green in the left rough. Her pitch shot rolled past the cup and came to rest about five feet past the hole. She knocked that in for birdie and a round of 68.

Wie follows in the footsteps of Annika Sorenstam and Suzy Whaley, both of whom have competed on the PGA Tour dating back to Sorenstam's historical appearance at the Colonial in May of 2003.

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