Michelle Wie moves into tie for lead

February 14, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Nice to see her season starting out well. Michelle Wie moved into a share of the lead Friday after two rounds of the SBS Open at Kahuku, Hawaii, her first tournament as a member of the LPGA Tour.

Wie shot a 2-under 70 over the Turtle Bay Resort course on the island of Maui for a two-day total of 136. First-round leader Angela Sanford shared the top spot after firing a 71.

Saturday’s final round will pair two players in the final group seeking to stake their names as top female golfers.  Wie in some ways coming back from injuries and a sudden rash of poor play causing her to spend time away from the sport during the past two years. The golfing prodigy had six top-five finishes in 2006 while playing on sponsors’ exemptions, but she did not record a victory and became known more for her attempts to compete on the men’s tour.  Now after finishing seventh at last autumn’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Wie could show herself as a legitimate golfing star and putting the spotlight on her and the LPGA Tour as well.

Meanwhile Stanford won twice in 2008, had 10 top-10 finishes and won $1.1 million and could prove herself to be a top star. Stanford and Wie will get plenty of competition for the championship with Angela Park (68) alone in third at 137 and Momoko Ueda (71) in fourth at 139.


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