Wie drops into tie for 12th place
By JIM LITKE, The Associated Press
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Michelle Wie of Honolulu dropped into a tie for 12th place after the second round of the Women’s PGA Championship on Friday, shooting 1-under-par 70 at Olympia Fields for a 4-under total of 138 that left her three shots behind co-leaders Danielle Kang and Sei Young Kim.
Kang and Kim each had rounds of 66 to finish at 135.
Wie, who is seeking a fifth LPGA Tour win and second major title, had two birdies and a bogey in her round.
Wie has finished no worse than tied for fourth in all but one of her last five events, and is No. 31 in the world rankings.
Kang, the 2010 and 2011 winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur but without a victory in six years as a professional, said she got some Olympia Fields advice from her brother Alex Kang, who plays on the Web.com Tour.
” ‘Just blast it down,’ “ she recalled him saying.
Kim, the LPGA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year and a six-time winner on tour, had three birdies in her last five holes, on the tougher front nine.
Swirling wind that made club selection dicey Thursday subsided in round two.
“Fortunately, when I tee off, a little less windy,” Kim said, “so I was able to attack the pin.”
First-round leader Amy Yang (71), Chella Choi (70), Brittany Lincicome (66), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (66) and Mi Hyang Lee (67) were one stroke back.
So Yeon Ryu, who climbed to No. 1 in the world ranking after a victory last week, was at 5 under after a 68, tied with defending champion Brooke Henderson (69), Sarah Jane Smith (67) and Moriya Jutanugarn (68).
Aditi Ashok (69) and Lydia Ko (68) were tied with Wie.
Yang was on the 18th fairway Thursday when play was suspended because of lightning. She made a birdie for a 65 to finish her first round early Friday.
Kelly Shon tied the competitive course record with a 63. The former Princeton player made six birdies and an eagle without a bogey, placing her name in the Olympia Fields record book alongside Patty Sheehan, Meg Mallon, Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh.
“I wish I’d known I could have beat them all by one shot,” Shon said, adding quickly, “I’m just kidding.”
Shon moved into a tie for 27th with a 140 total.
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