Wie five back at Women’s PGA
By JAY COHEN, The Associated Press
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Honolulu’s Michelle Wie shot a 1-under-par 70 on Saturday in the Women’s PGA Championship, and will enter the final round five shots out of the lead, in a tie for seventh place.
Wie’s five birdies and four bogeys at Olympia Fields gave her a 5-under total of 208.
Danielle Kang and Chella Choi shared the lead at 203. Kang shot 68 and Choi had a 67.
“It would be incredible to be called a major champion, especially out on this tour,” said Kang, who won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2010 and 2011, but owns no titles on the LPGA Tour.
“I’ve been working on my game every day to get better,” Kang said. “Like I said previously, all I could do is work on my game and hope that every day, just chip away at your game and it gets better every day and that’s where it’s getting at. Every year, I’ve just been performing better. I have trust in my own game.”
Choi hit 11 of 14 fairways in a bogey-free round.
Jiyai Shin had a 64, the best round of the day, that left her third at 8 under.
“I think I’m pretty lucky because I started a little bit early in the morning,” Shin said.
Brooke Henderson, the defending champion, was another stroke back after a 69. Amy Young (71) and Sei Young Kim (72) were tied for fifth at 6 under.
Wie was one of 10 players at 5 under.
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