Wie 2 back of Bahamas lead; Ko slips
Friday, January 24, 2014
Michelle Wie led the afternoon highlight reel in the Bahamas, posting a bogey-free 65 to move within two strokes of leader Jessica Korda.
Wie opened Friday’s round at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic with three consecutive birdies and thought that might be good enough to put her high on the board. But by the time she saw the day’s standings, she realized Korda and Paula Creamer had gone low in the morning wave.
“Time to giddy-up,” Wie told herself.
She shot 32 on her inward nine and moved to 9-under 137. Not too shabby for someone who had a freak-out session two weeks ago – “Oh my God I’m playing in a tournament!” – when it settled in that she had upped her 2014 debut to late January rather than several weeks from now in Thailand.
The early start motivated her to focus after an extended vacation, and a refreshed Wiesy took to the Ocean Club on Friday with good vibes.
Lydia Ko, playing in the group ahead, kept her name in the discussion with a second-round 3-under 70. She’s tied for fifth, three strokes back.
“I kind of tried to think back to Swinging Skirts,” said Ko, speaking of a windy tournament in Taiwan that she won last month in only her second start as a professional.
Ko, the fourth-ranked player in the world, also started her round off with three consecutive birdies.
The 16-year-old Kiwi said school starts at the end of the month, but she isn’t sure yet what subjects she’s taking. Her next start will be at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open, where she will defend her title. Then she’ll check in for her last year of high school.