Wie trails by one stroke at halfway point
By JOHN NICHOLSON
The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Even on another low-scoring day at Wildfire Golf Club, Michelle Wie’s start stood out.
Wie played the front nine in 5 under on the way to a 5-under-par 67 on Friday that left her one shot out of the lead after the second round of the Founders Cup.
The 27-year-old from Honolulu had a 12-under total of 132.
Playing partners Ariya Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis each shot 67 to end the day sharing the lead.
Wie birdied both of the par-5 holes on the front, and reached 13 under with another birdie on the par-4 10th. She bogeyed No. 13.
“The front nine went very well,” Wie said on the LPGA Tour website. “Just, like, I felt like on the front nine every time I had a birdie opportunity I took advantage of it. That’s kind of what you need to do on this golf course. You have to shoot low numbers out there. … I shot 7 under and 5 under, and I am still one off the lead. You just have to keep making birdies to stay afloat well.”
Winless in 62 events since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, Wie is coming off a fourth-place tie two weeks ago in Singapore.
Also at 132 were Jeong Eun Lee (64), Mi Jung Hur (66) and Vicky Hurst (67). Karine Icher had a 65 and was 11 under, along with Chella Choi (66), Sung Hyun Park (66), Inbee Park (66), Jessica Korda (66) and In Gee Chun (69).
The cut was at 5 under, the lowest in tour history. The previous mark of 4 under came in the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada. The event record was 3 under last year.
Jutanugarn and Lewis each had bogey-free rounds.
“I played really solid; today was another good day,” Lewis said.
“Made a bunch of birdies and shot a good round. It’s always hard to follow up a round like yesterday, so happy with the day again.”
GOLF ON TV
6:30 a.m.–PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational, GOLF
8:30 a.m.–PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational, NBC
8:30 a.m.–Ladies European Tour World Championship (tape delay), GOLF
10:30 a.m.–Champions Tour Tucson Conquistadores Classic, GOLF
1 p.m.–LPGA Founders Cup, GOLF