Wie takes three-stroke lead

June 22, 2014 - 12:12:33 am
The youngest ever Women’s US Open competitor, 11-year-old Lucy Li, a 6th grader from Redwood Shores, California, drives hole one during Round Two of the Women’s US Open at Pinehurst No. 2, in Pinehurst, North Carolina yesterday. 

PINEHURST: Michelle Wie capped her second straight 68 with back-to-back birdies yesterday to seize a three-stroke lead halfway through the US Women’s Open golf championship.

Wie had a 36-hole total of four-under par 136, and was the only player under par when she walked off the course.

By the end of the day, she was three strokes clear of 19-year-old compatriot Lexi Thompson, who also posted a second-round 68 at Pinehurst for a one-under par total of 139.

World number one Stacy Lewis shared third place after a 73 for 240. She was tied with Australian amateur Minjee Lee, who carded a 71, and South Korean Amy Yang who posted a 69.

“End of the day yesterday, I was thinking if I just did this again, that would be nice,” Wie said.

“Finishing with two birdies is always great,” the American added. “It’s a grind out there. It’s not easy. Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made.”

Thompson teed off on 10 and rebounded from a bogey at 18 with three birdies in a row at three, four and five. AFP