Wie Finishes Strong to Shoot a Repeat 68
By Greg Midland, USGA
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie spoke about how she studied Rickie Fowler’s and Keegan Bradley’s yardage books from last week’s U.S. Open to help her prepare for the U.S. Women’s Open. It appears she also studied Martin Kaymer.
Though they were 68s instead of 65s, Wie mimicked Kaymer by shooting identical sub-par scores to hold a one-stroke advantage over Stacy Lewis at the midway point of the second round. Wie finished her first-round 68 late yesterday afternoon, then took advantage of ideal morning scoring conditions – just like Kaymer – to shoot her matching 2-under 68 and post a 36-hole total of 4-under 136.
Amy Yang, of Korea, and Catriona Matthew, of Scotland, were the only other players in the morning wave to post sub-par rounds, both with 1-under 69s. Yang stands at even-par 140 at the midway point, while Matthew is at 4-over 144. Nine players shot even-par 70, including 2012 U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi, also of Korea, who is at 1-over 141, and Mariajo Uribe, of Colombia, who stands at 2-over 142.
Pinehurst No. 2 is set up similarly to the first round, at 6,291 yards. Wie had a consistent round of ball striking, as she hit 10 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and took 29 putts. She closed her round with birdies on the par-4 8th and par-3 9th holes.
Wie will now watch as Lewis (-3), 2011 champion So Yeon Ryu (-1), along with Australians Katherine Kirk (-1) and two-time champion Karrie Webb (even par), chase Wie’s lead during their second rounds.
A full recap of today’s second round will be available following the conclusion of play. Click here for live scoring throughout the day, and tune into second-round coverage on ESPN2 from 3-7 p.m. EDT.
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