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Wie shoots 3-under 69, Pettersen holds lead at LPGA Lotte Championship

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 p.m. HST, Apr 19, 2013

Honolulu's Michelle Wie righted the ship with a 3-under 69 in today's third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship played at Ko Olina Golf Club on West Oahu. She is 1 under for the tournament and tied for 40th.

After shooting a 4-under 68, Suzann Pettersen holds a one-shot advantage at 14-under 202 over South Korea's Hee Kyung Seo, who equaled the low round of the day with a 66—213. Pettersen birdied her first three holes for the second time in three rounds to drop to 13 under. She had two birdies and one bogey the rest of the day.

Seo had two chip-ins. The first was for eagle at the par-5 fifth and the other for birdie. Defending champion Ai Miyazato is alone in third at 11-under 205 after shooting a 70.

Teeing it up on the back nine, Wie avoided any disasters at No. 10 en route to parring her first three holes before carding birdies at Nos. 13 and 15 to drop to even for the tournament.

The Punahou School graduate hit a beautiful shot into No. 18, 5 feet above the hole to manage her third birdie of the round to drop to 1 under for the event. After shooting a 33 on the back, Wie came home in 36 with a birdie at the third and a bogey on the eighth to keep her from carding a bogey-free round.

Wie barely made the cut after shooting a 4-over 76 in blustery conditions on Thursday. Today, passing showers provided muggy conditions with the winds staying lower.

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jussayin wrote:
The 15 year old L. Ko continues to be amazing. She's tied for 21st place. She's also been very consistent and won a LPGA tournament last year.
on April 19,2013 | 08:06PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Wie's performance since turning pro can be summed up in one word...Inconsistency. She's never been able to put more than 2 rounds of good golf together.
on April 19,2013 | 09:25PM
niimi wrote:
Wie used to have such a natural, fluid swing which had tons of power, all developed with golf pro Casey Nakama. She was a player with tremendous feel. Under Leadbetter she was led worst to a much more mechanical swing. Wie seems to be thinking way too much instead of feeling the swing. The messing up/with the swing of Michelle Wie is analogous to what the Prince Hotels (under the Seibu Lions) did to Derek Tatsuno's pitching motion. Michelle Wie was really that good, playing alongside the biggest names and competing well on the LPGA tour as a teenager. She had the talent, game and was a decent course manager who only lacked experience. I believe Leadbetter wasted her swing, making her too mechanical. I would really love to see Michelle Wie find her old game again. Maybe while she's here she ought to employ Casey Nakama again. Just a thought.
on April 19,2013 | 11:15PM
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