Wie slides seven strokes back at Women’s British Open

Michelle Wie hits a shot on the 17th hole Friday during the second round of the British Open. -- PA via AP / KENNY SMITH photo

By JOHN HUGGAN, The Associated Press
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Michelle Wie struggled to a 4-over 76 in the second round of the Women’s British Open on Friday, falling seven strokes off the lead.
Wie, who led after her first-round 64 in near perfect weather made only one birdie in her round Friday, when rain soaked Kingsbarns Links. The 27-year-old from Honolulu closed the day with a double bogey on the par-4 17th and a bogey on the par-4 18th that left her at 4 under for the tournament, tied for 21st.
I.K. Kim, the best player in women’s golf right now, emerged from the cold and wet with a 4-under 68 to build a two-shot lead going into the weekend.
A two-time winner on the LPGA Tour over the last two months, Kim dropped only one shot in some of the worst conditions at Kingsbarns Links and reached the halfway point at 11-under 133. She was two shots clear of Lexi Thompson (68) and Georgia Hall (67).
Kim displayed a remarkable fortitude in weather that veered erratically toward the end of the day between bright sunshine and torrential downpours. The 29-year-old from South Korea atoned for her lone bogey with three birdies and an eagle on the 538-yard 11th hole.
“The eagle was very unexpected,” Kim said before conceding her drive landed on a friendly downslope and gained an extra 30 yards or so. “I think this was kind of as bad as the weather could get. I expected rain, but not like this. It’s not easy to play in this kind of weather. But I feel really good about my game. I’ve been hitting the ball very well and I’m starting to make some putts. That’s when I shoot low scores.”
Ally McDonald shot her second straight 68 to stand alone in fourth at 8 under. Mo Martin (67), Ha Na Jang (68), Chella Choi (70) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) were another shot back at 7 under.