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Wie stumbles way out of US Amateur

ERIE, Pa. -- Golf sensation Michelle Wie blew a late lead, losing the last three holes and her match to In-Bee Park in the second round of the US Women's Amateur yesterday. Wie was 2 up going into the 16th hole before leaving the tournament early for the second straight year.

"I knew she was going to come back. I left myself in a really hard position," Wie said.

All square going into 18, Wie knocked her second shot just short and left of the pin. Park's second shot landed several feet away in the front of the green and trickled down a slope.

But Park, of Henderson, Nev., hit it close enough, and Wie conceded the putt. Wie hit her short putt past the hole several feet, and the match ended when her second putt hit the edge of the cup and rolled away from it.

"It was one of those things," Wie said. "It passes right by and you don't know what happened."

Wie had struggled this week, shooting a disappointing 3-over-par 75 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying. But Wie, the 2003 Women's Amateur Public Links champion, relied on her short game to beat Angela Park in the first round of match play. During the second round, Wie and In-Bee Park matched each other shot for shot for most of the front nine. But soon after making the turn, Wie went 1 up after Park hit her tee shot into the bunker on the 164-yard, par-3 11th and made a bogey. Wie went 2 up when she birdied the par-4 13th and Park got another bogey.

But Park birdied the dogleg 16th, cutting into Wie's lead.

Wie hit a driver on the 379-yard, par-4 No. 17, but missed the fairway and failed to get up-and-down. Her bogey left the match all square.

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