19-year-old LPGA Rookie Michelle Wie swung herself into contention for her first LPGA Tour win, shooting a 2-under 70 in round two of the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay.
Wie’s three-birdie run vaulted her to the top of the leaderboard, where she is now tied with Angela Stanford at 8-under 136 heading into Saturday’s final round.
“It feels good,” Wie said of being in contention again.
The last time Wie led going into finals was at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open where she was tied with Annika Sorenstam and Brittany Lincicome. There, Wie finished tied for third and out of the playoff.
While Wie said winning would be “great,” she is remaining focused on her game.
“I just don’t want to get that engrained in my head just yet,” she said. “I feel like everyone has been asking me that, and there’s still a day left. I just want to do the same thing and play as hard as I can.”
She hasn’t won a title since claiming the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships at age 13 to become the youngest USGA champion in history.
“I’m starting with a clean slate,” she said. “I earned my way here. I’m a rookie. And I’ve been through a lot, so I’m just going to start fresh, start new and just have a great year.”
Check out Wie’s developing website: www.michellewie.com