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Wie in, Kono out at LPGA Lotte Championship

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:25 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2013

Stephanie Kono missed the cut and fellow Punahou graduate Michelle Wie made it after completing their second rounds today in the LPGA Lotte Championship at windy Ko Olina Golf Club on West Oahu.

Wie shot a 4-over 76 to drop to 2-over 146 after 36 holes. The projected cut is now plus 2 due to windy conditions in the afternoon. When Wie finished her round the cut was at even. Kono shot a 5-over 77 to finish at 6-over 150. She missed the cut.

Wie took a wrong turn at her opening hole and just kept going en route to a 5-over 41 on her opening nine.

She and Kono started on the back. Wie double-bogeyed the 10th and bogeyed the 11th and 12th, before parring the par-5 13th, one of only three for her opening nine. Her lone birdie was at the par-5 14th. She also bogeyed 16 and 18 to fall out of contention. She shot a 1-under 35 on her back nine with three birdies and two bogeys. The birdie at eight may have kept Wie around for the weekend.

Kono also double-bogeyed the 10th and picked up another bogey at the 15th. She carded a birdie at the par-3 16th, but bogeyed the 17th to make the turn at 39. She had seven pars on her back nine and two bogeys at the par-4 second and third holes.

Second-round leader Suzann Pettersen shot a 69 today to go to 10 under for the tournament and take a one-shot advantage over defending champion Ai Miyazato, who is 9 under after carding a 68. Pettersen playing partner Beatriz Recari is tied for third at 7 under. She fired a 2-under 70 for her round.

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1local wrote:
put the driver away...
on April 18,2013 | 10:50AM
primowarrior wrote:
Yeah, looks like that was her downfall this week. Her putting wasn't that bad, but 12 out of 28 fairways hit and 21 of 36 greens in regulation ain't going to get it done.
on April 18,2013 | 01:54PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Bobby Curran should just shaddup and stop being a homer on his program for Michelle Wie.....she is a failure and hasn't lived up to her potential..Curran keeps saying on his sports talk show that she's rich and that alone atones for her lack of winning tournaments but a golfer is measured by the tournaments they've won and Wie has been a complete failure and hasn't lived up to her promise which one prominent golfer on the LPGA remarked and apologized...why did she apologize..she spoke the truth.....nothing more and nothing less.....
on April 18,2013 | 11:15AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Ranting from a complete jealous person. Don't worry about it. Nothing more and nothing less.
on April 18,2013 | 12:39PM
allie wrote:
Poor old Bobby. Did you expect objectivity from him?
on April 18,2013 | 12:47PM
808comp wrote:
Michelle's putting is one of her problems. Few years ago before she played on the Solheim Cup team, she had a good putting coach ,and she did really well for that tournament,and went on to win the Ochoa tournament in Mexico. Wonder why she gave up that guy. ( Can' remember his name Dave something) Don't think she will make the Solheim Cup team this year. She will not be a Captian's pick the way she's going.
on April 18,2013 | 11:30AM
jankenpo wrote:
808comp is right. In order to win on any tour is to be a consistently good putter. The key word is consistent. If you can't putt, you will rarely be in contention if ever. Putting works on one's mind like nothing else. Starts to affect everything else.
on April 18,2013 | 12:12PM
1local wrote:
dave stockton was the putting coach.
on April 18,2013 | 12:45PM
allie wrote:
yup..overhyped gal
on April 18,2013 | 12:47PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Wie had the natural talent but never the drive, focus or the determination to be the best. Her downfall may be in part to all that money she got from Sony and Nike at a young age. She didn't have to work for her money.
on April 18,2013 | 03:43PM
hon2255 wrote:
too much parental interference on coaching and telling the coaches how to coach. Move on to something else , perhaps sportscasting, modeling, whateva, but it's not going to be winning golf championships.
on April 18,2013 | 05:31PM
usahwn wrote:
Talk all you want . She is laughing all the way to the bank. I can tell she is a very strong minded person and will do what she thinks; not what by standers think. I can only hope she finds success one day as she is the most important and attractive draw for women for LPGA. Very intelligent interviews. Best of luck !
on April 18,2013 | 06:11PM
omd111 wrote:
What a bunch of crock! She could disappear right now and the LPGA would survive and do well. She rarely plays on the weekend and the tour does perfectly fine. She is nothing but a circus show. Over hyped and overrated. If all she and her parents cared about was making money...GOOD JOB. But she has not lived up to the hype. Not even close. Not even the same planet. All of her sponsors are wasting money, but hey good for the Wie's. As for Wie's game....LOL!
on April 18,2013 | 07:46PM
kekahahi wrote:
It doesn't matter what is said in this comment section. Wie is laughing all the way to the bank! Good for her!
on April 18,2013 | 08:34PM
jussayin wrote:
Bottom line: she sucks. Okay, that's pretty harsh. It wouldn't be so bad if she displayed a better attitude when she joined the LPGA. But she was disrespectful and arrogant way too many times. Having said this, she seems more happy than before so maybe her attitude is better (?). But it was funny that she said she hated high school and would never want to go back to that period in her life. Her putting stance is funky. If you haven't seen it on TV, you show check it out.
on April 18,2013 | 09:48PM