Michelle Wie wants to do more than make history.
The 15-year-old shot 1-under-par 70 at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., yesterday, keeping her hopes alive of being the first woman in 60 years to make a cut on the PGA Tour. She was on the right side of the line when she finished, but the cut had moved to 2 under at the end of the day.
''I'm not really thinking about the cut," said Wie, tied for 73d.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was the last woman to make a cut on the PGA Tour, at the 1945 Tucson Open, and it would be another 58 years before Annika Sorenstam teed it up at the 2003 Colonial. Suzy Whaley played at the Greater Hartford Open later that year; neither women made the cut.
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''It's impressive at 15, that's for sure," said Scott Gutschewski (even par), one of Wie's playing partners yesterday. ''I don't know how many 15-year-olds could come out here and do that, let alone a 15-year-old girl."
This was her second-lowest round in a PGA Tour event, and she beat both her playing partners. She played her last 10 holes in 3 under, had five drives over 290 yards, and missed only one putt from inside 10 feet.
She also had one of the most impressive shots of the day, getting within 10 feet of the pin from about 260 yards out on the par-5 17th. She missed her eagle putt, but made a 3-footer for birdie to get to 1 under.
Oh yeah, and Hunter Mahan shot an 8-under 63 to take the lead and J.L. Lewis is one stroke behind.
''On the surface, it was a very well-played round. Then you realize she's a 15-year-old girl, and it's mind-boggling," said Nick Watney, who shot 4-over 75 while grouped with Wie.
Champions -- Graham Marsh shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Watson, Isao Aoki, and Ron Streck after the first round of the Ford Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Mich., the Tour's second major of the year.
Dana Quigley, Wayne Levi, and Jim Ahern opened with 67s.
LPGA -- US Women's Open champion Birdie Kim shot a 6-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead with Becky Morgan in the Jamie Farr
European -- Phil Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 in the Scottish Open, leaving him three strokes behind first-round leaders Angel Cabrera and Stuart Little.