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Wie builds three-shot advantage

June 21, 2014
By DOUG FERGUSON , The Associated Press

PINEHURST, N.C. - Michelle Wie twice thought her shots were going off the turtleback greens at Pinehurst No. 2, and twice she relied on her table-top putting stance to make long par saves.

Those recoveries, and back-to-back birdies to complete her round, put the 24-year-old from Honolulu at the top of the U.S. Women's Open leaderboard.

Wie shot 2-under-par 68 on Friday for a 4-under total of 136, three strokes ahead of Lexi Thompson.

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Michelle Wie reacts after sinking a putt on the 14th hole during Friday’s second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

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"End of the day yesterday, I was thinking if I just did this again, that would be nice," Wie said. "Finishing with two birdies is always great. It's a grind out there. It's not easy. Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made. I can't complain. I'll take it."

Wie finished with a 6-iron that set up a 12-foot birdie putt, and then a 15-foot birdie.

Thompson matched Wie for Friday's lowest score.

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1:30 a.m.-European Tour Irish Open, GOLF

7 a.m.-PGA Travelers Championship, GOLF

9 a.m.-PGA Travelers Championship, CBS

9 a.m.-U.S. Women's Open, NBC

9 a.m.-Champions Tour Encompass Championship, GOLF


1 a.m.-European Tour Irish Open, GOLF

7 a.m.-PGA Travelers Championship, GOLF

9 a.m.-PGA Travelers Championship, CBS

9 a.m.-U.S. Women's Open, NBC

9 a.m.-Champions Tour Encompass Championship, GOLF

11 a.m.-PGA?Professional National Championships, GOLF

They were the only players still under par going into the weekend, perhaps setting up a rematch from the first major of the year - Thompson soundly defeated Wie in the final round at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"Definitely too early," Thompson said with a laugh. "Thirty-six holes in a major, that's a lot of golf to be played, especially at a U.S. Women's Open."

Top-ranked Stacy Lewis had a wild round of 73, with six bogeys and three birdies, to end the day at even par, tied with Minjee Lee, an 18-year-old amateur from Australia, and Amy Yang (69).

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history, shot a second straight 78 to miss the cut.


U.S. Women's Open

Friday's Second Round

At Pinehurst, N.C.

Michelle Wie68-68—136-4
Lexi Thompson71-68—139-1
a-Minjee Lee69-71—140E
Amy Yang71-69—140E
Stacy Lewis67-73—140E
Na Yeon Choi71-70—141+1
Paula Creamer70-72—142+2
Mariajo Uribe72-70—142+2
S. Yokomine74-68—142+2
Angela Stanford71-72—143+3
S. Meadow71-72—143+3
Karrie Webb70-73—143+3
So Yeon Ryu69-74—143+3
Sue Kim71-73—144+4
C. Matthew75-69—144+4
Jenny Shin74-70—144+4
Y.C. Feng73-71—144+4
Azahara Munoz73-71—144+4
Gerina Piller72-72—144+4
P. Phatlum71-73—144+4
a-B. Henderson71-73—144+4
Chella Choi75-70—145+5
Mina Harigae71-74—145+5
Katherine Kirk69-76—145+5
Meena Lee72-73—145+5
I.K. Kim71-74—145+5
Se Ri Pak76-69—145+5
a-M. Cappeliez76-70—146+6
Jee Young Lee73-73—146+6
Misuzu Narita76-70—146+6
Jennifer Song74-72—146+6
Hee Young Park73-73—146+6
Julieta Granada75-71—146+6
Eun Hee Ji71-75—146+6
Sandra Gal74-72—146+6
Juli Inkster71-75—146+6
Danielle Kang75-71—146+6
Laura Diaz75-72—147+7
Beatriz Recari73-74—147+7
C. Masson72-75—147+7
Shanshan Feng77-70—147+7
Lydia Ko76-71—147+7
B. Lincicome77-70—147+7
Candie Kung71-76—147+7
So-Young Jang75-72—147+7
Sei Young Kim72-75—147+7
Carlota Ciganda75-72—147+7
J.E. Shadoff76-71—147+7
Inbee Park76-71—147+7
Belen Mozo78-70—148+8
Karine Icher76-72—148+8
Brittany Lang73-75—148+8
Yani Tseng77-71—148+8
Rikako Morita73-75—148+8
Hee Kyung Bae77-71—148+8
a-Emma Talley75-73—148+8
a-C. Hashimoto73-76—149+9
Dori Carter72-77—149+9
a-Andrea Lee79-70—149+9
Ashley Knoll75-74—149+9
Ilhee Lee73-76—149+9
Lee-Anne Pace76-73—149+9
Haeji Kang74-75—149+9
S. Changkija76-73—149+9
Nikki Campbell74-75—149+9
P. Lindberg72-77—149+9
Giulia Sergas77-72—149+9
M. Jutanugarn72-77—149+9
Ha Na Jang76-73—149+9
C. Hedwall73-76—149+9
J. Johnson75-74—149+9



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