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Michelle Wie Battling Back on Day 3 of Ochoa Invitational

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Hawaii's Michelle Wie looking for first win on LPGA tour

Michelle Wie is making her move up the leader board during the third round of the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Wie made the half way turn in a tie for second with Paula Creamer and just one shot behind leader, Ji-yai Shin of South Korea.

At age 20 Wie has yet to win her first major golf tournament while on the LPGA, but things may change after tomorrows closing round.

Off the tee, for most of the day, Wie drove the ball an incredible 280 yards, far outdistancing her group.

But the wheels began to come off for Wie when on the par 4, 12th hole, she drove the ball 308 yards, then on her second shot placed the ball beyond the tee close to the cart path.

Wie’s bogey at the 12th dropped her one shot behind Shin and Creamer and into a tie with Song-Hee Kim for third place and 10 under par for the tournament at that point.

Wie went to the par 3, 13th and placed her drive from the tee to within five feet of the cup.  Her birdie put her into a three way tie with Creamer and Shin.

A bogey on the 15th dropped Wie into a tie for second along with Kim, Creamer and Cristie Kerr, leaving Shin in sole possession of the lead.

Wie shot even par the rest of the way and shares the lead in a tie for first with Cristie Kerr at 10 under going into the final day.

Stay tuned as we may be seeing Wie win her first LPGA.

November 14, 2009 Posted by | golf | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wie Moves into Second at Lorena Ochoa Invitational – Day 2

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Hawaii's own Michelle Wie moves up leader board

Michelle Wie started the day at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Golf Tournament in 10th place, but moved up the leader board by firing a sizzling 66.

Wie, 20 years old and a graduate of Punahou High School, shot five birdies and an eagle to move  into a second place tie with Paula Creamer in day two of the four day tournament from Guadalajara, Mexico.

On the par three, 17th hole, Wie had a six foot putt to make par, but her shot sat on the lip of the cup to blemish her near perfect round.

On the 18th hole Wie hooked her ball into the sponsor’s tent and looked to be falling back further on the leader board.  On her third shot on the par 5, 18th, Wie dropped the ball to within five feet of the hole to finish the round with birdie.

Leader, Ji-yai Shin from South Korea, continued to lead after shooting a second round 66 and went  11 under taking  a three shot lead over Wie  and Creamer going into day three tomorrow.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | golf | , , , , | 3 Comments