Wie Making Most of Return

Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie

By Jason Tang

KAPOLEI (KHNL) -- She called coming home to Hawai'i relaxing, but the pressure was on for 18-year old Michelle Wie as she looked to get back in contention by making the cut in her first tournament of the year.

Last year she made the cut only twice in eight tries  But that was then and this is now.

"I've been practicing a lot and I think it's showing, you know like I said everything is coming back together, the long game, the short game the putting, I just feel like it's all coming back," said Wie.

Michelle made the cut on Friday for the first time in over six months. However it almost didn't happen after an errant shot on 11, where only a few blades of grass saved her from going out of bounds and incurring a two stroke penalty.

"It was not an easy shot, half of my club was on the curb, half of it was on the rough, I've never had it before, hopefully I'll never have it again, but I really felt it was one of the more solid shots I hit today," said Wie.

Michelle ended up bogeying the hole, but it could've been a lot worse. Right now, she feels mentally stronger than ever.

"I just tell myself you can either sulk about it, or I can make a game out of it and pull myself out. Today a couple of shots didn't go the way I wanted to but that's okay, it's still really early on and I hit a lot more good shots than I did bad, so i'm definitely on the positive road back," said Wie.

Now she just wants to finish up her first tournament back, on a high note.

"Hopefully I can bring it all together, it's in me and i just need to bring it out."