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Wie leaps into tie for lead at Kraft Nabisco

The Hawaii-born golfer is tied with Lexi Thompson entering the final round

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:28 p.m. HST, Apr 05, 2014

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. >> Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson topped the Kraft Nabisco leaderboard, setting up a possible final-round showdown the LPGA Tour has been waiting for.

The 24-year-old Wie shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 on Saturday to match Thompson at 10-under 206 at Mission Hills in the first major championship of the year.

The 19-year-old Thompson settled for a 69 after driving into a fairway bunker and missing a 3-foot par putt on the par-5 18th. She also missed two short birdie putts.

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 in perfect afternoon conditions in the Coachella Valley. Pak shot 71.

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HOSSANA wrote:
Please Wie, please don't fade....just win one for the people of the 50th State who have supported you ever since your Punahou teenage days and junior golf tournaments ....please, play to win and DO IT!!!
on April 5,2014 | 04:41PM
Eradication wrote:
Support? Hardly...people have been slamming Ms. Wie for years. Only a few people have been loyal supporters. If she wins this one it will be for herself and the few people who stuck by her. If she finishes less than #1 the haters will be back. Count on it.
on April 5,2014 | 07:44PM
hanalei395 wrote:
People were really slamming her since she was still in high school and right after that 10 mill endorsement deal with Sony and Nike. Extremely jealous and terrible racist remarks and comments about her on sports and golf message boards.
on April 6,2014 | 04:23AM
Randz808 wrote:
Just do it!!!
on April 5,2014 | 05:19PM
primowarrior wrote:
This should be a very exciting final pairing to watch on the final day of a major. LPGA's version of Tiger vs. Mickelson.
on April 5,2014 | 05:34PM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
99 times out of a 100 she chokes during at least one of her three rounds. Will she choke again. Odds are she will.
on April 5,2014 | 06:04PM
bumbye wrote:
She usually choked in the 3rd round and played well on Sunday. I hope this pattern holds true. Go, Michelle!
on April 5,2014 | 06:11PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
You saying or you hoping?
on April 5,2014 | 06:57PM
hanalei395 wrote:
He and other jealous haters are hoping, wishing and praying.
on April 6,2014 | 04:57AM
sluggah wrote:
Go get 'em Michelle! She's helped a lot of kids here with her support of junior golf, doesn't deserve the hate. Would YOU pass on $10 mil Or whatever Nike paid her? Give her credit, she finished college, which many of the girls on tour don't.
on April 5,2014 | 08:04PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Good luck, Michelle!
on April 5,2014 | 08:10PM
niimi wrote:
She is just 24 years old--remarkable. She has had about 6 years off. 4 years at best as a part-time player while going full time to Stanford. 2 years total for recovery from injuries. She is finally "her own" golfer. Until she was 21 it was Pop and Mom Wie pushing on her, encouraging her to try to play the mens' tour. That really messed up her swing. Look at how long it took to get away from that, then how long it took just to get her swing back. When McElroy switched over to Nike clubs his game tanked for over two years. The clubs messed with his form. Each time Tiger remade his swing it took a year at Tiger's intensity to regain his form. I think Wie is doing fine, being patient, and letting the game come to her. Wishing her well tomorrow and in the future.
on April 5,2014 | 09:22PM
niimi wrote:
Even if Wie wins some butte whole fan is going to be a naysayer. That is why Wie is great to just tune out the riffraff.
on April 5,2014 | 09:23PM
bumbye wrote:
I don't like the headline. She was only one stroke back, so she actually stepped into the lead. She did not leap. Whatever, go Michelle! Have a great Sunday!!
on April 6,2014 | 03:27AM