Wie moves into lead at suspended Arkansas Championship
06/27/2014 8:53 PM
06/28/2014 8:02 PM
Rogers, AK (SportsNetwork.com) - Michelle Wie carded her second straight 5- under 66 on Saturday to claim a 2-stroke lead before play was suspended at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
Wie, who is coming off her first career major championship at the U.S. Women's Open last week, finished two rounds at Pinnacle Country Club at 10-under-par 132. She is seeking her third title of the season.
"I definitely am tired, I just want to kind of get through tomorrow. But at the same time, you know, it is definitely in the back of my mind," Wie said about the possibility of winning in consecutive weeks. "There's definitely stuff I need to do tomorrow before that happens. If I can get it done, hopefully it will happen."
So Yeon Ryu shot her second consecutive 4-under 67 to move into second place at minus-8, while Suzann Pettersen (67) and Chella Choi (65) are tied for third at 7-under.
Line Vedel is also at minus-7 through 13 holes and will complete her second round when play resumes at 8:30 a.m. ET.
World No. 1 Stacy Lewis (66), Mi Hyang Lee (65) and Mina Harigae (66) are in the clubhouse at 6-under. Ji Young Oh and Alejandra Llaneza share sixth place with them, but are through 14 and 10 holes, respectively.
Wie started on the back nine and followed an opening par with a bogey at the 11th to fall to 4-under for the tournament.
She would not drop another shot for the remainder of the day, however, and got back to 5-under with a birdie at the 14th.
After parring the next three holes, Wie poured in a birdie at the 18th to make the turn at minus-6.
She later reeled off three birdies in a 4-hole stretch from the third to race to 9-under and parred her next two holes before closing her day with a gain at the ninth to claim the clubhouse lead.
"There's a couple of good holes out there and it felt good to birdie some of those tough holes I thought par would be a great number on," said Wie. "I can't predict the score (tomorrow), but I'm just going to go out there and try to do the same thing I did today, just attack the holes that I can attack and try to make some putts and try to make a lot of birdies."
Ryu also opened her round on the 10th tee and parred her first three holes before tripping to a bogey at the 13th.
She got that stroke back at the 15th, and then birdied three straight from the 17th to jump to 7-under. Ryu reached minus-8 with another birdie at the fourth and parred her final five holes to finish two shots behind Wie.
NOTES: Wie is going for her fifth career LPGA Tour win ... Ryu lost to Inbee Park in a playoff at this event last year ... Seventy-two players still need to complete their second rounds ... Defending champion Park is currently tied for 29th place at 2-under through 12 holes.
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