Nordqvist leads Q-School; Wie five back

ASSOCIATED PRESS

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie salvaged a ragged round with a birdie-birdie finish to remain among the leaders after the third round of an LPGA sectional qualifying tournament Thursday.

Wie’s closing birdies gave her 2-over 74 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, the home of the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.

That left Wie at 7-under 209 entering Friday’s final round. She was fourth and still comfortably inside the top 30 players and ties who will advance to the final qualifying tournament in Florida in December.

Wie again declined requests for interviews after the round.

South Korea’s Sun-Ju Ahn and Anna Nordqvist, a Swede who plays at Arizona State, were tied for the lead at 12 under. Nordqvist shot a third-round 67 with just one bogey, while Ahn had a 72 after opening the tournament with consecutive 66s.

Japan’s Miki Saiki was 9 under after a 70.

Wie’s was even par through seven holes. But she made a triple-bogey 6 on the eighth hole when her tee shot on the par 3 hooked left into trees and apparently lodged in the branches. After searching unsuccessfully for the ball, she again hit from the tee and the ball sailed into the trees, but this time it came out. She pitched on the green and two-putted.

Wie struggled with her tee shots throughout the round, hitting just six of 14 fairways and only one fairway on the back nine. But her short game kept her score lower than it might have been on the final nine, with just one bogey, on the par-4 12th.

She made a 3-foot birdie on the par-3 No. 17 and scrambled from behind a tree on the par-5 closing hole to make a 10-foot birdie.

Wie’s threesome in the final round will include Stacy Lewis, who tied for third in the U.S. Women’s Open this year. Lewis was 5 under after a 70.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of LPGA Q-School sectional qualifying, held Sept. 18 at the par-72 Dinah Shore and Palmer courses at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Sun-Ju Ahn66-66-72--204

-121. a-Anna Nordqvist70-67-67--204

-123. Miki Saiki69-68-70--207

-94. Michelle Wie70-65-74--209

-75. Shiho Oyama69-71-70--210

-66. Stacy Lewis70-71-70--211

-57. Martina Eberl70-70-72--212

-47. Stacy Bregman72-69-71--212

-49. Hanna Kang71-71-71--213

-39. a-Garrett Phillips69-73-71--213

-311. Angela Buzminski71-70-73--214

-211. Megan Heckeroth71-70-73--214

-213. Tania Elosegui73-72-70--215

-113. Elizabeth Stuart72-74-69--215

-113. a-Mika Miyazato73-73-69--215

-113. Melissa Reid74-72-69--215

-117. Dana Bates71-71-74--216

E17. Vikki Laing72-73-71--216

E17. Adrienne McDonald75-70-71--216

E20. Briana Vega71-69-77--217
+120. Jennifer Ackerson69-73-75--217
+120. Kristie Smith69-75-73--217
+120. Lisa Meldrum74-70-73--217
+120. Ashley Prange73-75-69--217
+125. Sasha Medina74-70-74--218
+225. Yoora Kim74-72-72--218
+225. Misun Cho75-72-71--218
+228. a-Leanne Bowditch69-75-75--219
+328. a-Alison Walshe71-74-74--219
+328. Becky Brewerton73-72-74--219
+328. Jeehae Lee77-70-72--219
+328. Marcela Leon76-72-71--219
+333. Caryn Wilson71-68-81--220
+433. Nontaya Srisawang73-73-74--220
+433. Yeon Joo Lee73-73-74--220
+433. Susan Nam74-73-73--220
+433. Chella Choi75-72-73--220
+433. Maru Martinez73-75-72--220
+433. Ashley Rollins77-71-72--220
+433. Tanya Dergal77-73-70--220
+441. Aimee Cho71-73-77--221
+541. Kelly Lagedrost77-69-75--221
+541. Whitney Wade72-75-74--221
+541. Jessica Carafiello76-72-73--221
+541. a-Dewi Claire Schreefel77-73-71--221
+546. Shayna Miyajima71-75-76--222
+646. Taya Battistella75-72-75--222
+646. a-Jamie Park71-76-75--222
+646. Moon Su71-77-74--222
+646. Perry Swenson73-77-72--222
+646. Libby Smith75-75-72--222
+652. a-Paola Moreno73-74-76--223
+752. Henni Zuel75-72-76--223
+752. Shinah Ham71-77-75--223
+752. Erin Houtsma73-75-75--223
+752. Beatriz Recari74-74-75--223
+752. Andrea Vanderlende74-74-75--223
+752. Samantha Richdale74-75-74--223
+752. Natalie Tucker77-72-74--223
+752. Ashley Grier79-70-74--223
+761. Tiffany Tavee77-69-78--224
+861. Danah Ford73-73-78--224
+861. Sara Brown74-72-78--224
+861. a-Mitsuki Katahira74-73-77--224
+861. Jenny Suh75-74-75--224
+861. Y.J. Jin76-73-75--224
+861. Pornanong Phatlum78-72-74--224
+861. Gina Umeck72-78-74--224
+861. Katrina Leckovic77-73-74--224
+870. Jean Reynolds72-75-78--225
+970. Corina Kelepouris74-76-75--225
+972. a-Carrie Morris76-71-79--226
+1072. Elise Brandt76-73-77--226
+1072. Kim Augusta77-72-77--226
+1072. LeAnna Wicks75-75-76--226
+1076. Izzy Beisiegel74-75-78--227
+1176. Noon Huachai71-79-77--227
+1176. a-Veronica Felibert75-75-77--227
+1179. Rebecka Heinmert73-77-78--228
+1279. Christina Lecuyer73-77-78--228
+1281. Jenna Pearson72-77-81--230
+1482. a-Lacey Jones75-74-82--231
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