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Wie remains one shot behind at Kraft Nabisco

April 5, 2014
By JOHN NICHOLSON , The Associated Press

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Michelle Wie of Honolulu shot a 1-under-par 71 on Friday in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, leaving her one shot behind Lexi Thompson and Se Ri Pak at the halfway point of the year's first LPGA Tour major.

Thompson birdied eight of the last 13 holes on the way to a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Mission Hills, and Pak birdied the final hole for a 70. They were at 7-under 137.

Wie, who began the day tied for second, a shot behind Shanshan Feng, opened with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole, then dropped a stroke on the 13th after driving behind a tree in the right rough. She had a three-putt par on No. 18 - missing a three-footer - after reaching the water-guarded green in two.

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Michelle Wie watches a shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Friday.

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"It felt good to start off with a birdie," Wie said. "After that, really just couldn't get anything going. But it felt good. Par is a good score out here."

On the par-5 second, she made a 25-foot birdie putt after hitting a snap hook off the tee. Instead of going out of bounds, the ball hit a tree and ricocheted into the fairway.

"It was a pretty lucky shot," Wie said. "I thought it was for sure OB."

Thompson needed only 25 putts in her round.

"I just had a little bit of speed issues yesterday," she said. "I didn't really commit to my lines and I came up short a lot. I just went out today and picked my line and sped up my tempo a little bit and went up to it and said, 'I'm going to knock it in.' "

Pak, 36, won the last of her five major titles in 2006, and has 25 LPGA Tour victories.

"Everything has just been really solid," Pak said. "I kept it fairways, greens, always the goal every hole. I had a lot of opportunities, but putting is not as good as yesterday. Still, just really smooth, solid round. I'm really happy about the way I finished."

Feng bogeyed the final two holes for a 73 to drop into a tie for fourth with Cristie Kerr at 5 under. Kerr had a 70.

 
 

 

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