INCHEON, South Korea -- Michelle Wie accomplished something in her ancestral homeland she failed to do in seven previous tries elsewhere: The American teenager made the cut in a men's professional tournament.
With huge crowds cheering for the player they cherish as "big sister," Wie was at 5-under 139 after two rounds, tied for 17th in the Asian Tour's rain-shortened SK Telecom Open. She shot a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday to make the cut by five strokes in the event that was cut to 54 holes after rain wiped out play Saturday.
"It's just wonderful. Great. I feel really, really happy," the 16-year-old said Friday.
Wie was at the tee Saturday when the rain hit. After a delay of almost three hours, the course was declared unplayable and tournament officials decided to shorten the event from 72 holes.
The SK Telecom Open is the eighth men's professional event for Wie. She has played in four PGA Tour events and has competed on the Japan, Nationwide and Canadian tours, missing the 36-hole cut in all seven tournaments. No woman has made the cut on the PGA Tour since Babe Zaharias at the 1945 Tucson Open.
"In the future, I still want to challenge the PGA Tour and make the top 10," Wie said.
When Wie played the third hole Friday, a toddler in a flowery dress shouted "on-ni [big sister] fighting!" as Wie strode by.
Galleries of at least 1,000 people gathered around each hole she played, and police controlled traffic clogging an expressway that passes along the Sky 72 Golf Club course as onlookers cheered her bunker shot over a bluff on the 16th.
"I really enjoy that kind of thing," Wie said. "Police officers came to the people who stopped their cars and told them to move. The gallery was crowded and they made so much noise. It made me laugh a bit."
The Hawaiian-born teenager became the second woman to make the cut at a men's tournament in South Korea. LPGA star Se Ri Pak finished tied for 10th in the lower-tier KPGA Tour SBS Pro-Golf Championship in 2003.
Wie improved on her opening 70 with a nearly flawless round Friday, making four birdies and one bogey -- on the 16th hole. With one round left, she was six strokes behind leaders Iain Steel of Malaysia (66) and Prom Meesawat of Thailand (64).
"My putting was good," Wie said Friday. "Yesterday was pretty good, but today was better. I was more confident today."
Annika Sorenstam, the top women's player in the world, became the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour when she missed the cut at the Colonial in 2003, shooting rounds of 71 and 74. She has played in men's Skins Games the last two years.
Wie's parents were born in South Korea, and her visit has generated intense media coverage and large crowds.
"I'm really happy to make the cut in Korea, and I had such big galleries," she said. "Plus, I really love children and there were lots of young fans here today."