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Wie tied for fifth, two back

February 22, 2014
The Associated Press

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) - Michelle Wie of Honolulu struggled on the front nine en route to a 1-over-par 73 in Friday's second round of the LPGA Thailand, leaving her two shots behind the leader, Anna Nordqvist.

Wie had four bogeys, all but one on the front, and three birdies, all after making the turn, and was at 4-under 140, tied for fifth place with Stacy Lewis.

Nordqvist made a pair of late bogeys for a 72.

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Sandra Gal (70), Julieta Granada (68) and Azahara Munoz (68) were all one shot back.

Players again got a break from the typical hot, humid conditions - temperatures have only reached the 70s on each of the first two days at Siam Country Club. Light showers Friday morning left the greens and fairways softer than usual.

"I think we all expected it to be warmer," Nordqvist said. "Today with a little bit of rain and overcast it felt like I still had a lot of the energy leaving the 18th green."

Nordqvist bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18. She finished with three birdies and three bogeys.

"There were some tough pins out there," Nordqvist said. "A lot of them were on ridges, and I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and kept spinning off the ridges. Not much you can do. Felt like I hit it solid. A little disappointed to finish with a bogey on the last.

"Overall, been hitting it great. Today, I felt like all things were good. Just couldn't get any putts to drop."

Granada had a bogey-free round.

"I holed out twice with lob shots, so that was nice," Granada said. "It was very welcome."

Lewis had seven birdies and four bogeys in a 69.

Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champion, was 2 under after a 71.



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