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Webb exits after nightmare 82
Elspeth Burnside, Lytham St Annes, England
August 6, 2006

AUSTRALIA'S Karrie Webb and 16-year-old Hawaiian Michelle Wie both had days to forget — but for different reasons — in the second round of the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Webb missed the cut out after an 82, her worst score in 43 major championships, while Wie, for the second time in her nine-month professional career, fell foul of the rule book and was handed a two-shot penalty.

On four-over-par 148, Wie still managed to survive the halfway cut, but was 10 shots behind the six-under-par 138 total posted by the American leader, Juli Inkster, a three-shot leader over Italy's Silvia Cavalleri.

Australia's Lindsey Wright was in a four-way tie for fourth after a second successive 71.

Webb, the only three-time winner and leading money winner on the LPGA Tour this year, had her resurgence stopped in its tracks by a horrendous 10-over-par round that put her way outside the cut on 14-over-par 158.

She had one birdie, three bogies, a double at the eighth and a horrendous eight at the short par-three ninth where she took four shots in a bunker and eventually had to hit out backwards.

"I think I was only in four bunkers this week, but it cost me dear," she said.

In the first round she ran up a triple-bogey eight at the sixth after also taking several shots to get out of the sand.

"But it's still a good season no matter what has happened this week and I can still look forward to a strong finish to the year," said the player who, just six days earlier, had been celebrating her season's hat-trick of victories at the Evian Masters in France.

Wie broke the rules when she touched a lump of moss behind her ball on her backswing in a greenside bunker at the par four 14th. The infringement was caught by the TV cameras and resulted in a two-shot penalty, turning a round of 72 into a 74.

Wie didn't question the decision, freely admitting that she doesn't know all the rules of golf.

"I knew I hit the moss but thought if you swung through it was OK," she said. "I guess I knew the rule wrong, but that's what happens when you're 16. It's a learning experience."

World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam stayed in touch on one-under-par 143 after a 71. She had five birdies, two bogies and a double-bogey six at the eighth.

Read more at The Age

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