Michelle Wie was poised to make like Martin Kaymer midway through moving day at the U.S. Women's Open, but instead she played a little army golf off the tee and became yet another big-name victim of Pinehurst's devilish green complexes. Still, she kept the damage as close to a minimum as possible and ended the day tied with Amy Yang for the lead at -2.
Given that Yang made up a 4-shot deficit in 18 holes and would have had the solo lead if she could just have parred the 18th, there's no way today will be a 2-player show. I don't see Juli Inkster (playing her last USWO) replicating yesterday's amazing 66 or Stephanie Meadow (playing her 1st USWO--and tournament--as a professional) her 69, but I do see Na Yeon Choi or Minjee Lee breaking 70 to put pressure on the co-leaders. And while I have to admit to being surprised that So Yeon Ryu, Sakura Yokomine, and Pornanong Phatlum are only 5 off the lead, I'm not at all surprised about Karrie Webb or Lexi Thompson and I wouldn't be surprised at all if either or both were to make a run of her own. Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, and Chella Choi remain real threats at +4, as well. Anyone further back will need to do something truly historic, as it's hard to imagine 14 players coming back to them, but there's a real possibility there won't be anyone under par when all is said and done today.
I did get to see the entire 1st- and 3rd-round coverage and couldn't help noticing how many players who got off to great starts had trouble sustaining their runs. Well, that's too nice a way of putting it, actually. Lexi's 2 doubles in a row yesterday were not quite as bad as amateur Marissa Chow's 3 in a row after she jumped out to an early 1st-round lead, but neither was able to get back on track after making such big numbers. 8, 9, and 10 have been many players' Waterloo, even though the latter 2 have also given up a lot of birdies. So expect a lot of drama early on today. Yokomine has 2 eagles in a row on the par-5 5th and the par-5 10th has given up its share, as well.
I'm hoping we'll get to Cleveland in time to watch the end of the tournament. Feel free to give me play-by-play and color commentary in comments!