RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. » Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson know exactly what’s at stake Sunday at Mission Hills — for themselves and the attention-starved LPGA Tour.
"I think it’s great for the tour and it’s going to be a lot of fun," Wie said Saturday after tying Thompson for the third-round lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
"I think Lexi is a really entertaining golfer. I like to think I’m somewhat entertaining as well. So, I think the both of us paired together is great."
They’re each trying to win their first major.
"I know people will be really excited about tomorrow’s pairing, but I’m not really going to worry about it," Thompson said. "I’m just going to go out and have fun."
The 24-year-old Wie shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 to match the 19-year-old Thompson at 10-under 206.
Thompson settled for a 69 after missing a 3-foot par putt on the par-5 18th. She also missed two short birdie putts on the front nine.
"I’m getting looks at birdies and just waiting for a few more to drop," Thompson said.
Charley Hull, the Englishwoman who turned 18 last month, was two strokes back along with five-time major champion Se Ri Pak. Hull birdied the 18th for a 66, the best round of the day. Pak shot 71.
"I probably won’t sleep that well," Wie said. "It’s just the chance. You want something so badly. I dreamed about this all my life, so I’m just trying to not think about it so much. I’m just trying to think it’s a normal Sunday."
Wie has two victories, winning the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open. She has been in the top 16 in all five of her starts this year.