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Wie in front after second straight 66

June 29, 2014
By KURT VOIGT , The Associated Press

ROGERS, Ark. - Michelle Wie appears as comfortable on and off the golf course as at any time in her career.

The 24-year-old from Honolulu shot her second straight 5-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead before the second round of the NW Arkansas Championship was suspended due to rain.

Wie didn't show any signs of stress after reaching 10-under 132. In fact, shortly after surging into the lead at Pinnacle Country Club, she joined PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley as part of a social media challenge in dumping a bucket of ice water on herself on the driving range.

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Michelle Wie putts on the second green during Saturday’s second round of the NW Arkansas Championship.

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Wie made her first bogey of the tournament, on the 11th hole, and had six birdies.

"I think it comes hand in hand," Wie said about her winning and revamped attitude.

"I played really well toward the end of the year last year took a lot of time off, took about a month and a half. So, I just felt really refreshed, and I think it comes hand in hand."

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LPGA NW Arkansas Championship

Saturday's Second Round

At Rogers, Ark.

Play suspended by rain

Michelle Wie66-66—132-10
So Yeon Ryu67-67—134-8
Chella Choi70-65—135-7
Suzann Pettersen68-67—135-7
Mi Hyang Lee71-65—136-6
Mina Harigae70-66—136-6
Stacy Lewis70-66—136-6
Karine Icher72-65—137-5
Lydia Ko69-68—137-5
Na Yeon Choi68-69—137-5
Jennifer Rosales67-71—138-4
Megan McChrystal70-69—139-3
Hee Young Park69-70—139-3
Jessica Korda68-71—139-3
Pornanong Phatlum67-72—139-3
Thidapa Suwannapura74-66—140-2
Katie M. Burnett72-68—140-2
Julieta Granada72-68—140-2
Mi Jung Hur72-68—140-2
Dori Carter69-71—140-2
Jodi Ewart Shadoff69-71—140-2
Victoria Elizabeth68-72—140-2
Moriya Jutanugarn67-73—140-2
Mika Miyazato72-69—141-1
Sun Young Yoo72-69—141-1
Moira Dunn69-72—141-1
Jennifer Johnson69-72—141-1
Lee-Anne Pace68-73—141-1
1. Michelle Wie-10F
2. So Yeon Ryu-8F
3. Chella Choi-7F
3. Line Vedel-713
3. Suzann Pettersen-7F
6. Mi Hyang Lee-6F
6. Stacy Lewis-6F
6. Mina Harigae-6F
6. Ji Young Oh-614
6. Alejandra Llaneza-610

The U.S. Women's Open champion is within a round of recording back-to-back wins for the first time in her LPGA Tour career.

"I just want to kind of get through tomorrow," Wie said. "But at the same time, it is definitely in the back of my mind If I can get it done, hopefully it will happen."

So Yeon Ryu, paired with Wie, was second at 8 under after her second straight 67.

"These days, Michelle's on fire," Ryu said. "I played with her today and yesterday, and her putting was awesome."

Wie birdied four of her final seven holes, and needed just 29 putts in her round a day after having 28.

Chella Choi (65) and Suzann Pettersen (67) were at 135. Line Vedel was 7 under with five holes left in her round.

All 72 players in the afternoon session were unable to finish due to thunderstorms.



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