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Wie out of contention at HSBC Women’s Champions

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Honolulu’s Michelle Wie had her worst 18 holes today since the second round of last year’s Evian Masters and is out of contention at the HSBC Women’s Champions played on the Garden Course of the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore.

Wie’s 77 dropped her from a tie for 12th into a tie for 35th at the second LPGA Tour event of the season at 5-over 221 some 16 strokes off the pace of third-round leader Chie Arimura (71—205) of Japan.

The Punahou School graduate managed only one birdie at the par-5 ninth against six bogeys to equal the 77 she shot at Evian last July. Two weeks before that bad second round, Wie had an 82-76 to miss the cut at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.

As for Arimura, she has led wire-to-wire and enters tomorrow’s final round with a one-shot advantage over former world No. 1 Karrie Webb (70—206) of Australia. Current world No. 1 Yani Tseng (69—211), who has won her past three starts, is tied for third, six shots off the pace.

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