Michelle Wie Leads 2014 US Women’s Open After Round 2; 11-Year Old Lucy Li Misses Cut

Michelle Wie (click to enlarge)

In a tournament that features a record 11-year old qualifier, Lucy Li, it is a former child prodigy who holds the lead at the midway point of the 2014 United States Women’s Open. Michelle Wie, who qualified for the US Amateur Women’s Public Links at a then record 10-years old, won it at a record 13-years old and made the cut at the 2003 US Open at a record 13-years old, is all grown up now at 24 and playing scintillating golf in 2014. One of only two players under par after two rounds, Wie shot a 2-under 68 (par is 70 here) on Friday to move to 4-under overall, 3 shots clear of Lexi Thompson at 1-under. Starting on the back 9, Michelle saved her best for last. Playing #18 as her 9th hole, she birdied but then gave it back on #1, her 10th hole. It would be on her last two holes, 8 and 9, that she would shine. On #8, a hole playing as the third toughest on the day, her second shot on the 429 yard par 4 was a beauty. The pin was near the back of the green but Michelle was able to nestle her approach to about 8 feet from the hole. She would sink the putt for birdie. On the par 3 9th, Wie ended her day in fine fashion by bending in a lengthy left to right putt for back to back finishing birdies. Already with a win on tour this year and ranking in the top 3 of several LPGA statistical categories, the promise of that once 13-year old girl might be coming to fruition in a seasoned 24 year old woman.

Lucy Li (click to enlarge)

Given her age and what she was up against, I am very impressed by what Lucy Li was able to accomplish this week. Okay, so she didn’t make the cut and finished 16-over through two rounds. She did manage to equal or surpass what some professionals did this week. But more than that, I liked her demeanor. Her on-course etiquette with her playing partners was flawless. Her temperment when she triple bogeyed, which she admitted she isn’t accustomed to doing on non-US Open type setups, was controlled. She even bounced back with an immediate birdie 14 after a triple on 13. I, like many, wished her the best this week although I didn’t expect her to make the cut. Now that her 2014 US Women’s Open is over, let’s allow her to do her interviews and then go back to being an 11-year old amateur playing through the levels of golf she will need to experience in order to possibly one day be a professional player, if that’s what she wants. Hopefully, if in a few years she doesn’t want to be a professional golfer, despite her talent, the people around her will let her develop in another direction. She’s 11. Let her be a child. She’ll have plenty of time to be an adult later.

 

Lexi Thompson (click to enlarge)

This one is a long way from being over. Directly in Michelle’s rear view mirror is Lexi Thompson. Remember that Lexi and Michelle were tied for the lead going  into the final round at the year’s first Major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, before Lexi gave an awesome display of power golf leaving a tentative Michelle, and everybody else, fighting for 2nd place. On that day, Michelle was not as aggressive as she needed to be. However, at a US Open setup, that might be a wiser plan. Clever course management trumps grip it and rip it here. There are traps and pitfalls aplenty out there. In the blink of an eye, a player can put up a terrible number on a hole. It’s not just Michelle and Lexi, anybody within 6 shots right now has a chance. Don’t be fooled by an off day from 1st round leader Stacy Lewis. Although she gave back 3 shots today, she is more than capable of lighting up the course on Saturday and Sunday, reminding everybody who the #1 ranked player in the world is.

 

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1 MICHELLE WIE (-4)

2 LEXI THOMPSON (-1)

T3 STACY LEWIS (E)

T3 AMY YANG (E)

T3 MINJEE LEE (E)

6 NA YEON CHOI (+1)

T7 SAKURA YOKOMINE (+2)

T7 PAULA CREAMER (+2)

T7 MARIAJO URIBE (+2)

T10 SO YEON RYU (+3)

 

T10 STEPHANIE MEADOW (+3)

T10 ANGELA STANFORD (+3)

T10 KARRIE WEBB (+3)

T14 PORNANONG PHATLUM (+4)

T22 SE RI PAK (+5)

MC JESSICA KORDA (+11)

MC MORGAN PRESSEL (+12)

MC CHEYENNE WOODS (+13)

MC LUCY LI (+16)

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Michelle Wie 68 68 -2 F -4 136
2 Lexi Thompson 71 68 -2 F -1 139
T3 Minjee Lee 69 71 +1 F E 140
T3 Amy Yang 71 69 -1 F E 140
T3 Stacy Lewis 67 73 +3 F E 140
6 Na Yeon Choi 71 70 E F +1 141
T7 Paula Creamer 70 72 +2 F +2 142
T7 Mariajo Uribe 72 70 E F +2 142
T7 Sakura Yokomine 74 64 -2 17 +2 138
T10 Angela Stanford 71 72 +2 F +3 143
T10 Stephanie Meadow 71 72 +2 F +3 143
T10 So Yeon Ryu 69 74 +4 F +3 143
T10 Karrie Webb 70 73 +3 F +3 143
T14 Sue Kim 71 73 +3 F +4 144
T14 Catriona Matthew 75 69 -1 F +4 144
T14 Jenny Shin 74 70 E F +4 144
T14 Yueer Cindy Feng 73 71 +1 F +4 144
T14 Azahara Munoz 73 71 +1 F +4 144
T14 Pornanong Phatlum 71 73 +3 F +4 144
T14 Brooke Henderson 71 73 +3 F +4 144
21 Gerina Piller 72 73 +3 F +5 145
22 Meena Lee 72 68 +2 17 +4 140
T23 Chella Choi 75 70 E F +5 145
T23 Mina Harigae 71 74 +4 F +5 145
T23 Katherine Kirk 69 76 +6 F +5 145
T23 I.K. Kim 71 74 +4 F +5 145
T23 Se Ri Pak 76 69 -1 F +5 145
T28 Mathilda Cappeliez 76 70 E F +6 146
T28 Jee Young Lee 73 73 +3 F +6 146
T28 Misuzu Narita 76 70 E F +6 146
T28 Jennifer Song 74 72 +2 F +6 146
T28 Julieta Granada 75 71 +1 F +6 146
T28 Eun-Hee Ji 71 75 +5 F +6 146
T28 Hee Young Park 73 73 +3 F +6 146
T28 Sandra Gal 74 72 +2 F +6 146
T28 Juli Inkster 71 75 +5 F +6 146
T28 Danielle Kang 75 71 +1 F +6 146
T28 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 76 66 E 17 +6 142
T39 Laura Diaz 75 72 +2 F +7 147
T39 Beatriz Recari 73 74 +4 F +7 147
T39 Caroline Masson 72 75 +5 F +7 147
T39 Shanshan Feng 77 70 E F +7 147
T39 Lydia Ko 76 71 +1 F +7 147
T39 Brittany Lincicome 77 70 E F +7 147
T39 Candie Kung 71 76 +6 F +7 147
T39 So-Young Jang 75 72 +2 F +7 147
T39 Carlota Ciganda 75 72 +2 F +7 147
T39 Sei-Young Kim 72 75 +5 F +7 147
T39 Inbee Park 76 71 +1 F +7 147
T50 Karine Icher 76 72 +2 F +8 148
T50 Belen Mozo 78 70 E F +8 148
T50 Brittany Lang 73 75 +5 F +8 148
T50 Rikako Morita 73 75 +5 F +8 148
T50 Yani Tseng 77 71 +1 F +8 148
T50 Hee Kyung Bae 77 71 +1 F +8 148
T50 Emma Talley 75 73 +3 F +8 148
T50 Moriya Jutanugarn* 72 69 +6 16 +8 141
T58 Chisato Hashimoto 73 76 +6 F +9 149
T58 Dori Carter 72 77 +7 F +9 149
T58 Ashley Knoll 75 74 +4 F +9 149
T58 Andrea Lee 79 70 E F +9 149
T58 Ilhee Lee 73 76 +6 F +9 149
T58 Haeji Kang 74 75 +5 F +9 149
T58 Lee-Anne Pace 76 73 +3 F +9 149
T58 Sandra Changkija 76 73 +3 F +9 149
T58 Nikki Campbell 74 75 +5 F +9 149
T58 Pernilla Lindberg 72 77 +7 F +9 149
T58 Giulia Sergas 77 72 +2 F +9 149
T58 Caroline Hedwall 73 76 +6 F +9 149
T58 Ha Na Jang 76 73 +3 F +9 149
T58 Jennifer Johnson 75 74 +4 F +9 149
72 Alison Walshe* 78 69 +2 17 +10 147
73 Yoo Lim Choi* 76 71 +8 16 +14 147
74 Jane Park* 75 41 +6 9 +11 116
75 Lizette Salas 78 7:51 am +8 78
T76 Kris Tamulis 73 77 CUT CUT 150
T76 Ayaka Watanabe 78 72 CUT CUT 150
T76 Cristie Kerr 76 74 CUT CUT 150
T76 Jacqui Concolino 77 73 CUT CUT 150
T76 Katie Burnett 76 74 CUT CUT 150
T76 Stephanie Na 74 76 CUT CUT 150
T82 Anna Nordqvist 73 78 CUT CUT 151
T82 Ashleigh Simon 77 74 CUT CUT 151
T82 Maria Hernandez 72 79 CUT CUT 151
T82 Tzu-Chi Lin 77 74 CUT CUT 151
T82 Jessica Korda 79 72 CUT CUT 151
T82 Chie Arimura 76 75 CUT CUT 151
T82 Holly Clyburn 79 72 CUT CUT 151
T82 Dewi Claire Schreefel 72 79 CUT CUT 151
T82 Sadena Parks 76 75 CUT CUT 151
T91 Christel Boeljon 71 81 CUT CUT 152
T91 Morgan Pressel 77 75 CUT CUT 152
T91 Suzann Pettersen 78 74 CUT CUT 152
T91 Nicole Castrale 76 76 CUT CUT 152
T91 Yumiko Yoshida 79 73 CUT CUT 152
T91 Rebecca Artis 71 81 CUT CUT 152
T91 Jessica Wallace 74 78 CUT CUT 152
T91 Birdie Kim 79 73 CUT CUT 152
T91 Ayako Uehara 76 76 CUT CUT 152
T91 Paula Hurtado 76 76 CUT CUT 152
T101 Celine Boutier 77 76 CUT CUT 153
T101 Amy Boulden 75 78 CUT CUT 153
T101 Catherine O’Donnell 78 75 CUT CUT 153
T101 Lala Anai 78 75 CUT CUT 153
T101 Ai Miyazato 77 76 CUT CUT 153
T101 Cheyenne Woods 78 75 CUT CUT 153
T101 Karlin Beck 78 75 CUT CUT 153
T101 Eri Joma 80 73 CUT CUT 153
T109 Carleigh Silvers 74 80 CUT CUT 154
T109 Marissa Steen 73 81 CUT CUT 154
T109 Jennifer Rosales 78 76 CUT CUT 154
T109 Janie Jackson 81 73 CUT CUT 154
T109 Megan Khang 75 79 CUT CUT 154
T109 Lisa McCloskey 77 77 CUT CUT 154
T109 Sarah Jane Smith 76 78 CUT CUT 154
T109 Sun Young Yoo 76 78 CUT CUT 154
T117 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 78 77 CUT CUT 155
T117 Ally McDonald 78 77 CUT CUT 155
T117 Gwladys Nocera 80 75 CUT CUT 155
T117 Kelly Tan 76 79 CUT CUT 155
T117 Nicole Garcia 78 77 CUT CUT 155
T122 Narangyi Bae 79 77 CUT CUT 156
T122 Elizabeth Tong 76 80 CUT CUT 156
T122 Brooke Pancake 75 81 CUT CUT 156
T122 Laura Davies 82 74 CUT CUT 156
T122 Brianna Do 80 76 CUT CUT 156
T122 Kathleen Scavo 83 73 CUT CUT 156
T122 Marissa Chow 76 80 CUT CUT 156
T122 Rebecca Hudson 79 77 CUT CUT 156
T122 Lucy Li 78 78 CUT CUT 156
T122 Teresa Lu 75 81 CUT CUT 156
T122 Natalie Gulbis 79 77 CUT CUT 156
T133 Kristy McPherson 80 77 CUT CUT 157
T133 Mika Miyazato 81 76 CUT CUT 157
T133 Wei-Ling Hsu 81 76 CUT CUT 157
T133 Madison Kerley 78 79 CUT CUT 157
T133 Paige Lee 73 84 CUT CUT 157
T133 Erica Popson 79 78 CUT CUT 157
T133 Jaye Marie Green 77 80 CUT CUT 157
T133 Caroline Powers 76 81 CUT CUT 157
T141 Sierra Sims 79 79 CUT CUT 158
T141 Samantha Gotcher 76 82 CUT CUT 158
T143 Jordan Ferriera 81 78 CUT CUT 159
T143 Bailey Tardy 81 78 CUT CUT 159
T143 Stacey Keating 84 75 CUT CUT 159
T143 Yuting Shi 80 79 CUT CUT 159
T143 Lucy Williams 83 76 CUT CUT 159
T148 Jasi Acharya 85 75 CUT CUT 160
T148 Irene Coe 81 79 CUT CUT 160
T148 Mo Martin 86 74 CUT CUT 160
151 Jessica Porvasnik 79 82 CUT CUT 161
152 Hannah Pietila 81 83 CUT CUT 164
153 Emily Penttila 84 82 CUT CUT 166
154 Marta Silva 82 85 CUT CUT 167
155 Kelsey MacDonald 86 82 CUT CUT 168
156 Xyra Suyetsugu 88 83 CUT CUT 171
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