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Wie one shot back at Evian Masters

Teenager seeks first professional victory; Webb holds lead

July 29, 2006

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— Michelle Wie's biggest problem at the Evian Masters may be her own strength.

The 16-year-old from Hawaii is poised to make a serious run at her first victory as a professional, sitting just one shot behind leader Karrie Webb after shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round.

But if Wie is to win, she'll likely have to improve her performance on the 17th hole - where she has struggled to control her tee shots all week.

"It's like I became the Hulk on that hole or something," Wie said.

She bogeyed the hole on Friday for the second time in the tournament, along with a par there in the second round. Her tee shot on the 17th went 30 yards farther than she intended and into the rough. She then chipped out over the flag and onto the opposite edge of the green. She missed her putt by 6 inches, settling for bogey.

Wie is at 11-under 204 for the tournament. She had shared the lead with Webb and Lorena Ochoa after the second round, the fourth time she had a share of the lead as a professional.

Laura Davies and Se Ri Pak are tied for third at 10 under.

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