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Michelle Wie shoots 68 at LPGA Championship

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:47 p.m. HST, Jun 09, 2013

Michelle Wie shot a second-round 68 to put herself back in the hunt at the LPGA Championship on Saturday. She was at even par after a 68 to match not only her best round of the season, but best in six appearances at Locust Hill.

She credited her five-birdie, one-bogey round to being more patient and laying off her driver, which Wie blamed on costing most of her strokes a day earlier.

"I'm starting to understand this golf course a little more every year," said Wie, who missed the cut last year at Locust Hill with a two-round total of 12-over 156.

"I've tried a lot of different things on this golf course over the past couple of years. And in some conditions, if you're feeling great, (hitting driver) does work. But sometimes it will nip you in the butt if you get a little greedy here."

At the very least, Wie is hoping she's found a groove while attempting to build off last week, when she had a season-best ninth-place tie at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

"Shooting 68 today, really gives me the confidence," she said.

Wie is six strokes behind leader Morgan Pressel.

Pressel slogged through rain and muck to take the lead Saturday. Next up is a 36-hole marathon Sunday.

"I run a lot," Pressel said, laughing. "I'm in plenty good of enough shape to get through 36 holes tomorrow."

She shot a 2-under 70 at Locust Hill to reach 6-under 138 — two shots ahead of the top-ranked Inbee Park and Chella Choi in the second LPGA Tour major of the season.

Park matched Wie's score of 68 to give herself an opportunity to add to her three wins already this season, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. Choi struggled with a 73 to relinquish her first-round lead.

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kkv3000 wrote:
who cares!
on June 9,2013 | 02:03AM
hanalei395 wrote:
For non-golfers ... if it were not for Tiger Woods, who would watch the PGA. The same for Michelle Wie. If it weren't for her, who would watch the LPGA. (Her high-end sponsors... Nike, Omega, Sony, Kia... knows that).
on June 9,2013 | 06:33AM
omd111 wrote:
People still watch the LPGA without her. She could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn't matter. She is nowhere near the draw of Tiger Woods. You know why? Tiger's a winner and she isn't. She's just a side show.
on June 9,2013 | 07:33AM
hanalei395 wrote:
People who are golfers.
on June 9,2013 | 07:39AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
no one cares to watch michelle wie..only hawaii people do..her attitude was the downfall of her career..hopefully she is maturing into a better person and will turn her career around
on June 9,2013 | 09:42AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not only in Hawai'i... Her sponsors, Nike, Omega, Sony, Kia, should know. (She's still getting big-bucks from them).
on June 9,2013 | 10:36AM
allie wrote:
true..she is way over hyped in theSA
on June 9,2013 | 08:46AM
honokai wrote:
One of Hawaii's most over-hyped athletes. She still could emerge as an elite golfer. But yes, most folks are only mildly interested at the moment.
on June 9,2013 | 02:33AM
allie wrote:
yup..big fail gal
on June 9,2013 | 08:46AM
syhud wrote:
If she's all that great of a golfer as she's supposed to be. Shooting another round of 68 or 69 will prove it. But again she won't and that's her downfall. She's just not consistent period!
on June 9,2013 | 04:20AM
busterb wrote:
Not as good as you huh?
on June 9,2013 | 12:18PM
omd111 wrote:
on June 9,2013 | 07:32AM
cojef wrote:
She lacks golf maturity, meaning a regimented and disciplined mind set relating to the game. Hope she can get over this hurdle, and only then she can get to where other great champions have tread.
on June 9,2013 | 08:04AM
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