Friday, May 31, 2013

ShopRite LPGA Classic News Flash: Michelle Wie Ties Her Lowest Round of the Year

Michelle Wie opened the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 3-under-par 68 this morning.  It was her best round of the year, tied only by her final round at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii; in fact, it was only her 4th sub-70 round of the year and 2nd out of her home state.  She's currently tied for leader in the clubhouse with Stacy Lewis, 1 shot behind Moriya Jutanugarn and Amanda Blumenherst, who both have a few holes left to play.  Wie's driving accuracy has been even worse than usual this season, but she hit 12 of 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation today on a course that tends to favor the LPGA's precision players rather than their bombers.  I'm hoping this trend continues, as Wie hasn't been doing much in the last month to make one of my boldest predictions look very good!

[Update 1 (1:10 pm):  Oops, turns out Stacy Lewis had a 67 and Moriya Jutanugarn ended up with a 66, but I wouldn't pooh-pooh Wie's accomplishment, as Ai Miyazato had to fight back for a 70 after bogeying 4 of her last 5 holes on the back (her front), Ji-Yai Shin had a 71, In-Kyung Kim a 72, Cristie Kerr a 73, Inbee Park and Paula Creamer 74s (the latter thanks to a walkoff triple), Catriona Matthew a 75, Suzann Pettersen and Angela Stanford 76s, and Sandra Gal a 78.  Azahara Munoz and Na Yeon Choi are also well over par as they conclude their rounds.  It was not an easy morning for scoring!]

[Update 2 (6/1/13, 10:02 am):  Glad to see Ruthless Mike has a similar take on Wie's round!]


Jim C said...

It looks like Wie may have made a smart move taking the week off last week.

The Constructivist said...

I don't know where this round came from but I like it!