Wie Falls Short in Bid to Qualify for U.S. Open

SUMMIT, N.J. - Michelle Wie failed in her bid to become the first woman to play in the U-S Open on Monday.

Wie teased a frenzied gallery for 27 holes until three straight bogeys Monday afternoon sent her to a 3-over 75 and into the middle of the pack.

Her next stop is a major -- against the women.

Wie opened with a 68 on the easier South course and still had a chance to get one of 18 spots available to the 153-player field at Canoe Brook in New Jersy when she strode confidently to the back nine.

Needing at least one birdie to have a chance, her inability to master the greens finally caught up with her. And the cheers from 35-hundred fans that carried her throughout the day turned to tepid applause at the end.

She finished at 1-over 143, a score that might have been good enough to make the cut if this were a tournament.