Wie tied for seventh entering final round of year’s first major

Michelle Wie hits out of a bunker on the Dinah Shore Course’s ninth hole during the third round of the ANA Inspiration on Saturday. -- AP photo

By GREG BEACHAM
The Associated Press
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Struggling with a nagging injury during a 28-hole day, Michelle Wie of Honolulu fell five shots out of the lead in the ANA Inspiration on Saturday.
Wie had a 1-under-par 71 in the third round at the Dinah Shore Course after finishing off a second-round 69, and was tied for seventh place at 8-under 208 — Lexi Thompson topped the leaderboard in the year’s first LPGA Tour major at 203 after a third-round 67.
“I just hit one shot that was a little bit out of sync and kind of threw my hips out of place,” Wie said.
The day had intermittent returns of the desert wind that caused an early halt to Thursday’s play and led to two days of catching up, forcing 56 golfers to complete their second rounds on Saturday.
“I think it was just a lot of golf,” Wie said. “The two full warmups (and then) 28 holes. Just not a young stallion anymore, I guess.”
Wie was one shot out of the lead when the second round was completed.
Thompson had six birdies and a bogey in her third round.
“I just love this golf course,” she said. “I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up nicely for me all over.”
Suzann Pettersen had a third-round 68 and was two shots back.
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