Wie opens up two-stroke lead in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions by two strokes after the third round.
The Punahou School graduate followed up her previous rounds of 66 and 69 to reach 14-under 202 and lead an
LPGA event after 54 holes for the first time since she won the 2014 U.S. Open.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko birdied the last hole for a 67 to end the day in a three-way tie for second. She was joined by last year’s British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn (69) and the big-hitting Park Sung-Hyun (68).
Rio Olympic gold medalist Inbee Park shot a 71 to finish three shots behind Wie and tied with the defending champion Ha Na Jang (68).
Plagued by injuries and a loss of form, Wie needed a sponsor’s invitation just to get a start in the $1.5 million tournament. But she’s been in vintage form in Singapore.
Wie took just 32 shots to reach the turn. Despite making her first bogey in 35 holes on the tricky par-3 15th, she made her sixth birdie of the day on the next hole and put herself in great position to end a three-year title drought.
“There definitely is some butterflies out there, but it’s exciting getting that feeling again and being in this position,” Wie said.
HSBC Women’s Champions
Saturday’s Third-Round Leaders
Michelle Wie 66-69-67–202 -14
Lydia Ko 69-68-67–204 -12
Sung Hyun Park 68-68-68–204 -12
Ariya Jutanugarn 67-68-69–204 -12
Ha Na Jang 70-67-68–205 -11
Inbee Park 67-67-71–205 -11
Shanshan Feng 70-68-69–207 -9
Anna Nordqvist 67-70-70–207 -9
Suzann Pettersen 69-67-71–207 -9
Mi Jung Hur 68-67-72–207 -9
Amy Yang 71-71-66–208 -8
Jessica Korda 71-70-67–208 -8
Morgan Pressel 69-72-67–208 -8
Paula Creamer 68-70-70–208 -8
Sei Young Kim 70-67-71–208 -8
Brooke M. Henderson 67-70-71–208 -8