Tracker: Wie moves into top spot at USWO
Friday, June 20, 2014
Michelle Wie trailed by one shot entering Friday's second round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Now, after a second-round 2-under 68, Wie leads by three shots.
Lexi Thompson, the only other player under par, is solo second at 1 under while first-round leader Stacy Lewis shot 73 to fall back into a tie for third at even par.
As for 11-year-old Lucy Li, she missed the cut after shooting 68-68 in her first USWO start.
Here's how it all unfolded Friday at Pinehurst No. 2:
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Update #26: 7:03 p.m.
The cut is looking like it will fall at 9 over. There are currently 73 players inside of that number with most of them in the clubhouse.
Some notables who will miss the cut include:
- Anna Nordqvist, 11 over
- Jessica Korda, 11 over
- Morgan Pressel, 12 over
- Cheyenne Woods, 14 over (thru 16)
- Natalie Gulbis, 15 over
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Update #25: 6:25 p.m.
11-year-old Lucy Li's U.S. Women's Open ends with back-to-back 78s. She finishes at 16 over and will miss the cut.
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Update #24: 6:03 p.m.
Lexi Thompson moves to 1 under after her third straight birdie, at the par-5 fifth hole. Thompson is 2 under through 14 holes today. That was her first birdie on a par 5 this tournament.
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Update #23: 5:43 p.m.
Lexi Thompson birdies Nos. 3 and 4 to get to even par overall. Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis has dropped to 1 over as she is 4 over through 13 holes today.
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Update #22: 5:03 p.m.
Michelle Wie (4 under) is now the only player under par as Stacy Lewis bogeys the 11th to drop back to even par.
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Update #21: 4:56 p.m.
Well, Lucy Li responds to her triple at the 13th with a birdie at the par-4 14th. At 15 over, though, she's still seven shots back of the projected cut line.
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Update #20: 4:50 p.m.
Lucy Li triple-bogeys the par-4 13th to fall to 16 over and essentially end any hope of making the cut unless she strings together a bunch of birdies in her final five holes. She is 8 over through 13 holes today.
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Update #19: 4:40 p.m.
How tough is Pinehurst No. 2 playing right now? There are just three players currently on course right now who are under par on their second rounds.
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Update #18: 4:20 p.m.
Michelle Wie fired a second straight 68 earlier today to take the clubhouse lead at 4 under. Click here to read more on Wie's strong start and her red-hot putter.
PHOTOS: Lucy Li, 11, at U.S. Women's Open
A look at 11-year-old Lucy Li as she attempts to take on Pinehurst No. 2 before the U.S. Women's Open.
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Update #17: 4 p.m.
Lucy Li starts her back nine with bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11. She's now 13 over and six shots back of the projected cut.
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Update #16: 3:48 p.m.
In her attempt to complete the German sweep at Pinehurst, Sandra Gal is 2 under through five holes today. She's also cracked the top 10, too, at 2 over overall.
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Update #15: 3:39 p.m.
Stacy Lewis drops another shot, bogeying the par-3 sixth to fall to 1 under, three shots off the lead held by Michelle Wie (68-68).
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Update #14: 3:26 p.m.
Japanese players Misuzu Narita and Sakura Yokomine are making runs near the top of the leaderboard. Narita is 4 under through 10 holes today and 2 over overall. Yokomine is 2 under through seven holes today and also 2 over for the tournament.
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Update #13: 3:13 p.m.
Lucy Li makes the turn at 11 over overall. She bogeyed the par-4 eighth and ended up with a 3-over 38 on the front nine.
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Update #12: 2:53 p.m.
Defending champion Inbee Park is 2 over through her first three holes. Her latest bogey came at the par-4 third hole. She's now 8 over and one shot back of the projected cut line of 7 over.
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Update #11: 2:46 p.m.
Two straight pars, at Nos. 6-7, keep Lucy Li at 10 over. She's three shots out of a tie for 52nd right now.
Also, Stacy Lewis moves back to 3 under after a birdie at the par-4 third hole. This is her eighth start at the USWO. Her best finish is a T-3 in 2008.
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Update #10: 2:27 p.m.
Lucy Li bogeys the par-5 fifth hole after birdieing the hole Thursday. She is now 10 over for the tournament and 2 over on her round today.
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Update #9: 2:12 p.m.
Stacy Lewis opens with bogey at the par-4 first hole to drop to 2 under overall. She's two shots back of clubhouse leader Michelle Wie. There are just two players under par right now – Lewis and Wie.
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Update #8: 1:59 p.m.
Lucy Li, 11, birdies the par-4 third hole to move back to 1 over on her round. Through four holes, now, she's 9 over for the tournament.
Also, first-round lead Stacy Lewis has teed off in Round 2. She's 3 under, a shot off of Michelle Wie's lead.
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Update #7: 1:17 p.m.
And Michelle Wie takes the clubhouse lead at 4 under after a birdie at the par-3 ninth. Wie shot her second straight 68 and now leads by a shot over Stacy Lewis, who has yet to start her second round.
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Update #6: 1:14 p.m.
Not the start 11-year-old Lucy Li wanted. She doubles the par-4 first hole to drop to 10 over. She birdied the hole Thursday.
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Update #5: 1:07 p.m.
Michelle Wie gets her second birdie of the round, at the par-4 eighth. With one hole to play in Round 2, Wie is now tied with Stacy Lewis for the lead at 3 under.
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Update #4: 1:01 p.m.
Lydia Ko bogeys the par-3 sixth to drop back to 8 over. She now has just two holes left. The top 60 and any players tied for 60th place make the cut. Ko is currently T-75 and 11 shots back.
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Update #3: 12:41 p.m.
Lydia Ko birdies the par-5 fifth, her 14th hole of the round, to get back to 1 over on her round. At 7 over overall, though, she'll have some work to do to make the cut. This is Ko's third start in the USWO. Her best finish was T-36 last year.
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Update #2: 12:27 p.m.
Symetra Tour rookie Yueer Cindy Feng has four birdies in her first 11 holes in the second round, and is now 1 under today and 2 over for the tournament.
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Update #1: 12:05 p.m.
Michelle Wie has yet to gain any ground on first-round leader Stacy Lewis, who tees off later this afternoon. Wie is even par through 13 holes today as she remains at 2 under, a shot back of Lewis. Wie shared the lead briefly today after a birdie at the 18th, but he bogeyed the first hole to drop back to 2 under.
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What’s more impressive: The No. 1 player in the world posts a bogey-free 67 to lead the U.S. Women’s Open, or an 11-year-old ice cream-wielding Lucy Li breaks 80 on Donald Ross’ demanding No. 2? Tough call, but the two have been inextricably linked after Lewis questioned earlier in the week whether someone so young should be making headlines on the biggest stage in the women’s game.
PINEHURST, N.C. – It should come as no surprise that the girl who once wanted to play with the boys is near the top of the leaderboard at Pinehurst No. 2, where the U.S. Open was held a week ago. On another hot and steamy day in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Michelle Wie carded five birdies en route to a round of 2-under 68 at the U.S. Women’s Open, just one stroke off the pace set by World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis posted a 67 early Thursday and didn't look back, but Michelle Wie got within a stroke late by birdieing her last hole of the day.But plenty of other notables, from Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson to Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster, took to Pinehurst No. 2 with mixed results. Here are 5 Things to know Thursday's first round in Pinehurst.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Kid, sporting cute little ponytails, clad in red, white and blue sparkling stars and stripes and appearing as if she just stepped out of an old Norman Rockwell painting, can flat-out play. If you were worried for the overall well-being of Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old amateur from California who is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, worry no more. Yes, she’s 11, and yes, she has yet to start sixth grade, and yes, she’s not even old enough to try her hand at an AJGA event.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Here are three things I love about the Lucy Li phenomenon: 1. This 11-year-old girl uses the exact same iron head as the 29-year-old U.S. Open champion,Martin Kaymer. 2. She may be the only player in the field who paid for her golf equipment. 3. Li's caddie, Bryan Bush, is available by request at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort or Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo. Bush is a professional caddie who each year spends eight months in Pinehurst and four months in Aspen.
Stacy Lewis' 3-under 67 Thursday morning earned the early lead at Pinehurst No. 2 in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open – then watched it hold up as challengers including Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr took aim. Recap Thursday afternoon's highlights right here.
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PINEHURST, N.C. – The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence. The players can feel what it means. Michelle Wie, a winner on the LPGA tour this year and the No. 11 player in the Rolex Rankings, arrived here Sunday with two dozen of her female golfing colleagues to take in the scene at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 Course
Stacy Lewis enters this week’s U.S. Women’s Open sitting atop the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index – a spot she has occupied since last November. Lewis has put up some impressive numbers since the beginning of the 2013. In her last 40 starts she has 31 top-10 finishes and 17 inside the top five. However, one of her worst finishes using that time frame is last year U.S. Women’s Open where she tied for 42nd. Let's look at the full field and their Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Paula Creamer’s penchant for pink led Casey Wittenberg, her former classmate at the David Leadbetter Academy and now a Web.com Tour pro, to label her the “Pink Panther” when she was 14. Four days before her high school graduation in 2005, Creamer won the first of her 10 LPGA Tour titles at the Sybase Classic. For the past decade, she has been America’s sweetheart of the golf links. Now she is engaged, and making her 12th U.S. Women’s Open start.
PINEHURST, N.C. – When Karrie Webb made her U.S. Women’s Open debut at Pine Needles in 1996, the LPGA rookie immediately fell in love with the place. “For me, Pine Needles was U.S. Open golf,” Webb said. The Aussie won the 2000 USWO at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill., and returned to Pine Needles in ’01 and successfully defended her title. The women returned to Peggy Kirk Bell’s sanctuary once more in 2007, making this the fourth time in Webb’s 19-year Women’s Open career that she will tee it up in the historic area.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance. That way, the U.S. Golf Association could set up the golf course for last week's U.S. Open and this week's U.S. Women’s Open in a like manner, one that’s fair and comparable to both sets of players. That's why the USGA is paying caddies $550 apiece for a week of that most precious commodity: inside information.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 53, Juli Inkster is golf royalty. She won 31 LPGA titles. She captured seven major championships. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is playing this week in her 35th and last U.S. Women's Open. No other golfer has accumulated so many Women's Open appearances. Furthermore, when the queen of women's golf descends from her throne, she mingles easily and comfortably with ordinary golfers. With Inkster, there are no pretensions. She doesn't hide anything. She tells the truth. She is blunt and forthright.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Lucy Li is going to have a doozy of a story for the first day of school when her sixth-grade teacher asks what she did this summer. Li, an 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., is the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She has been prepping here for two weeks already, the first of the 156-player field to register for the championship, and has met the likes of Webb Simpson, her favorite player, Annika Sorenstam and Anna Nordquist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire may sound like some skit straight out of “Wayne’s World,” but it’s much higher brow than that. In the British Commonwealth, it’s a noble hierarchy of great honor, stature and distinction. Admittedly, it would seem a topic of conversation more befitting a stodgy parlor filled by the sound of clinking tea cups than the biggest women’s golf tournament in the land, but here at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open, there are 155 mortals and only one, ahem, Dame.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far. Two days after Martin Kaymer’s relentless eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, this famed Donald Ross-designed golf course is ready for another week of onslaught. And surprisingly, it’s in fine shape – a little bruised in some fairways, a little pock-marked on some greens, but nothing like the immediate aftermath of previous U.S. Opens, when the course – say, Shinnecock Hills in 2004 and Bethpage State Park's Black Course in 2009 – looked like war zones.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Stacy Lewis emerged from spinal surgery in the summer of 2003 an inch and a half taller thanks to a straighter spine. She spent eight weeks in bed recovering and, when it was time to start classes at Arkansas, couldn’t lift more than five pounds. Lewis’ parents moved her into a college dorm that redshirt season, and she spent much of the year working on short game because she couldn’t do much else. Shauna Estes-Taylor, then an assistant coach at Arkansas, is a short-game specialist.
PINEHURST, N.C. – Race horse down. Workout wizard Suzann Pettersen, who has been to women's golf training what Tiger Woods has been to men's golf training, laughed when asked about her exercise schedule in the gym. "Well, considering that two and a half months ago I couldn't stand up," she replied, "I feel pretty good. My workouts haven't been very tough (or nonexistent), and it makes me feel lazy. At the same time, though, it fits my goal." Pettersen and Woods, both thoroughbreds when it comes to exercise.
PINEHURST, N.C. – At 19, Lexi Thompson’s age is not an issue nor is it even a story this week. It would have been different back in yesteryear, a 19 year-old participant would have been a big story, but now that an 11-year-old qualifier Lucy Li is teeing it up this week at Pinehurst No. 2 age really isn't a huge story anymore. For Thompson the story is more about a 19-year-old that actually can win this championship. Thompson can become the first teenager to win two majors.