Michelle Wie encouraged as she knocks off rust

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It was another tough day at the office for Michelle Wie, but she still managed to turn in her second-best finish of the season Sunday at the Jamie Farr Classic.


Wie closed with a one-over-par 72 and finished at one-over 285. She tied for 46th and earned $4,831, which brought her season total to $26,288.

Wie will need to make roughly another $110,000 in her final two LPGA events -- this week's State Farm Classic and the Canadian Women's Open in August -- to finish in the top 80 on the money list and secure her card for next season.

"I'm not really thinking about that right now," Wie said. "I'm just thinking that I'm playing good right now. My ball-striking's really good. I just have to work on my short game and my putting a little bit."

Wie's statistics at the Farr contradict her own evaluation. While she did hit numerous quality iron shots at Highland Meadows Golf Club, she struggled off the tee. She hit driver only five times the last two rounds, yet she hit only 50% of the fairways for the week, which ranked second to last in the field.

That led to approach trouble. She hit only 61% of greens, which tied for 61st among 77 players. But she putted well, with only one three-putt for the week, tying for 39th with 1.773 putts per green in regulation.

"It's frustrating," Wie said. "I think I played a lot better than my score. I putted miserably. But it's a learning curve, and I still feel like I'm a little bit rusty. I feel I just need to play more and just get back into things."

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