Wie trails by two at Women’s PGA

Chella Choi hits out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the first round of the Women’s PGA Championship on Thursday. AP photo

By JIM LITKE
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Michelle Wie launched a 3-wood into swirling gusts and toward Olympia Fields’ 18th green, wondering if the shot had enough steam to get there. A shift in the wind took the guesswork out of the equation.
“It died down and I got a little surprise,” said the 27-year-old from Honolulu. “I got all the way there.”
The 215-yard shot rolled within 30 feet of the flag to set up a two-putt birdie and a 3-under-par 68 that left Wie two shots off the lead during Thursday’s opening round of the Women’s PGA Championship.
Wie has finished in the top four in four of her last five events, and ranks eighth on the LPGA Tour money list.
Chella Choi shot a 66 in the morning, and Amy Yang was on the 18th hole at 5 under with a chance to grab the outright lead when play was suspended because of dangerous weather in the area.
Brittany Altomare shot a 67, and Joanna Klatten was 4 under with two holes left.
Brooke Henderson, Alison Lee and Su Oh all shot 68. Kim Kaufman and Emily Pedersen also were 3 under with their rounds incomplete.
Wind gusted up to 16 mph Thursday, and the forecast for today calls for rain and slightly increasing wind.