Michelle Wie Continues Hot Play With Second Round Suspended Play Lead At 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

This Girl Is On Fire! (click to enlarge)

Ok, let’s get this out of the way right from the beginning. I know Michelle Wie has been on fire lately but…

Following her breakthrough win at the 2014 US Women’s Open, Michelle Wie was quite a busy champion. Television appearances, radio call in shows, Empire State Building photoshoots, she was in demand. Had she come into the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championships exhausted mentally or physically, it would have been completely understandable. Who knows, maybe she is tired. But if so, she hasn’t shown any negative effects as her sizzling play continues. Through two rounds, she’s posted 11 birdies against a lone bogey to lead by 2 shots at 10-under over So Yeon Ryu. Most of the players had finished their rounds before a strong storm hit and suspended play. So the leaderboard could change tomorrow morning after those players with holes still remaining in the second round finish. Regardless of whether Michelle is still in the lead when the final round starts, the fact remains she will be difficult to beat Sunday if she continues her hot play. She still hasn’t three putted since before the start of the US Women’s Open. Over the last few years, putting has been her biggest flaw. If she has solved that riddle permanently the rest of the LPGA tour players are in trouble.

So Yeon Ryu (click to enlarge)

Some of the big names near Michelle are Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis and Chella Choi. But the player I’m watching is So Yeon Ryu. Chella Choi is probably a better story since she’s played so well yet hasn’t won yet on the LPGA. Great story with her and her father. However, I just feel Ryu is due. She has played very well this year, finishing in the top ten 7 times with a T11 added for 8 top elevens. She seems to put herself in great positions but come up short. She has two LPGA victories, but the last one was in August of 2012. She was runner-up in Arkansas last year, losing a playoff to fellow countrywoman Inbee Park. I don’t know if she can catch Michelle if Wie puts in another 5-under 66 (par is 71 here) on Sunday. Whether it’s this week or not, So Yeon seems destined to return to the winner’s circle soon.

 

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STANDINGS ARE BASED ON POSITIONS AT TIME OF PLAY SUSPENSION

1 MICHELLE WIE (-10)

2 SO YEON RYU (-8)

T3 CHELLA CHOI (-7)

T3 SUZANN PETTERSEN (-7)

T6 STACY LEWIS (-6)

with Jessica Korda

T12 LYDIA KO (-5)

T20 JESSICA KORDA (-3)

 

SUSPENDED LEADERBOARD

Pos Name 1 2 3 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 Michelle Wie 66 66 -5 F -10 132
2 So Yeon Ryu 67 67 -4 F -8 134
T3 Chella Choi 70 65 -6 F -7 135
T3 Suzann Pettersen 68 67 -4 F -7 135
T3 Line Vedel 68 47 -4 13 -7 115
T6 Mi Hyang Lee 71 65 -6 F -6 136
T6 Mina Harigae 70 66 -5 F -6 136
T6 Stacy Lewis 70 66 -5 F -6 136
T6 Ji Young Oh* 67 53 -2 14 -6 120
T6 Alejandra Llaneza 66 39 -1 10 -6 105
T11 Lydia Ko 69 68 -3 F -5 137
T11 Na Yeon Choi 68 69 -2 F -5 137
T11 Karine Icher 72 65 -6 F -5 137
T11 Gerina Piller 67 50 -1 13 -5 117
T15 Jennifer Rosales 67 71 E F -4 138
T15 Alena Sharp 65 61 +2 15 -4 126
T15 Cristie Kerr 69 45 -2 12 -4 114
T15 Angela Stanford* 68 43 -1 11 -4 111
T19 Megan McChrystal 70 69 -2 F -3 139
T19 Jessica Korda 68 71 E F -3 139
T19 Hee Young Park 69 70 -1 F -3 139
T19 Pornanong Phatlum 67 72 +1 F -3 139
T19 Karin Sjodin* 68 63 E 16 -3 131
T19 Meena Lee* 70 49 -2 13 -3 119
T19 Lizette Salas 73 46 -5 13 -3 119
T19 Anna Nordqvist 70 41 -2 11 -3 111
T19 Yani Tseng* 71 41 -3 11 -3 112
T28 Katie Burnett 72 68 -3 F -2 140
T28 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 69 71 E F -2 140
T28 Dori Carter 69 71 E F -2 140
T28 Moriya Jutanugarn 67 73 +2 F -2 140
T28 Victoria Elizabeth 68 72 +1 F -2 140
T28 Julieta Granada 72 68 -3 F -2 140
T28 Thidapa Suwannapura 74 66 -5 F -2 140
T28 M.J. Hur 72 68 -3 F -2 140
T28 Caroline Hedwall 67 58 +2 14 -2 125
T28 Inbee Park 69 47 E 12 -2 116
T28 Hee-Won Han* 69 39 E 10 -2 108
T28 Caroline Masson* 70 38 -1 10 -2 108
T28 Katherine Kirk* 70 34 -1 9 -2 104
T28 Mo Martin* 68 36 +1 9 -2 104
T28 Silvia Cavalleri 69 32 E 8 -2 101
T43 Sun Young Yoo 72 69 -2 F -1 141
T43 Jennifer Johnson 69 72 +1 F -1 141
T43 Moira Dunn 69 72 +1 F -1 141
T43 Lee-Anne Pace 68 73 +2 F -1 141
T43 Mika Miyazato 72 69 -2 F -1 141
T43 Candie Kung* 70 51 E 13 -1 121
T43 Haeji Kang* 71 50 -1 13 -1 121
T43 Brittany Lincicome* 73 48 -3 13 -1 121
T43 Shanshan Feng* 67 50 +3 12 -1 117
T43 Dewi Claire Schreefel 69 41 +1 10 -1 110
T43 Sue Kim* 70 30 E 8 -1 100
T54 Emma Jandel 67 75 +4 F E 142
T54 Christel Boeljon 69 73 +2 F E 142
T54 Jennifer Kirby 73 69 -2 F E 142
T54 Jennifer Song 72 70 -1 F E 142
T54 Haru Nomura 69 73 +2 F E 142
T54 Jenny Shin 68 74 +3 F E 142
T54 Catriona Matthew 69 73 +2 F E 142
T54 Paz Echeverria 67 75 +4 F E 142
T54 Veronica Felibert 71 71 E F E 142
T54 Becky Morgan 73 69 -2 F E 142
T54 Ariya Jutanugarn* 74 64 -3 17 E 138
T54 Reilley Rankin 74 60 -3 16 E 134
T54 Ashleigh Simon* 70 64 +1 16 E 134
T54 Rebecca Lee-Bentham* 72 54 -1 14 E 126
T54 Brittany Lang* 71 47 E 12 E 118
T54 Azahara Munoz 68 50 +3 12 E 118
T54 Juli Inkster 69 45 +2 11 E 114
T54 Laura Diaz 72 35 -1 9 E 107
T72 Jeong Jang 74 69 -2 F +1 143
T72 Jane Park 72 71 E F +1 143
T72 Eun-Hee Ji 72 71 E F +1 143
T72 Kris Tamulis 73 70 -1 F +1 143
T72 Ilhee Lee 71 72 +1 F +1 143
T72 Amy Yang 69 74 +3 F +1 143
T72 Gaby Lopez 70 58 +2 14 +1 128
T72 Erica Popson* 72 39 E 10 +1 111
T72 Sarah Jane Smith* 71 40 +1 10 +1 111
T72 Paula Reto 73 35 -1 9 +1 108
T72 Irene Coe 70 34 +2 8 +1 104
T83 Jenny Suh 74 70 -1 F +2 144
T83 Lexi Thompson 71 73 +2 F +2 144
T83 Stacey Keating 69 70 +4 17 +2 139
T83 Belen Mozo 77 52 -4 14 +2 129
T83 Ai Miyazato 71 53 +2 13 +2 124
T83 Morgan Pressel 71 53 +2 13 +2 124
T83 Brooke Pancake* 71 41 +2 10 +2 112
T83 Hannah Jun Medlock* 70 42 +3 10 +2 112
T83 Julia Boland* 73 35 E 9 +2 108
T92 Mariajo Uribe 71 74 +3 F +3 145
T92 Giulia Molinaro 73 72 +1 F +3 145
T92 Sarah Kemp 75 70 -1 F +3 145
T92 Sandra Changkija 74 71 E F +3 145
T92 Chie Arimura 74 63 E 16 +3 137
T92 Nicole Castrale 72 61 +2 15 +3 133
T92 Se Ri Pak 72 53 +2 13 +3 125
T92 Pat Hurst* 74 47 E 12 +3 121
T92 Mirim Lee* 75 43 -1 11 +3 118
T92 Beatriz Recari* 74 39 E 10 +3 113
T92 Megan Grehan 73 41 +1 10 +3 114
T92 Paola Moreno 73 41 +1 10 +3 114
T92 Heather Bowie Young* 75 29 -1 8 +3 104
T105 Christina Kim 72 74 +3 F +4 146
T105 Jaye Marie Green 73 73 +2 F +4 146
T105 Ayako Uehara 73 73 +2 F +4 146
T105 Sydnee Michaels 74 72 +1 F +4 146
T105 Marina Alex* 71 71 +4 17 +4 142
T105 Lindsey Wright 73 65 +2 16 +4 138
T111 Jimin Kang 69 78 +7 F +5 147
T111 Kelly Tan 72 75 +4 F +5 147
T111 Amy Anderson 71 76 +5 F +5 147
T111 Seon Hwa Lee 76 66 E 17 +5 142
T111 Alison Walshe* 70 73 +6 17 +5 143
T111 Vicky Hurst* 72 59 +4 14 +5 131
T111 Amelia Lewis 73 43 +3 10 +5 116
T118 Pernilla Lindberg 74 74 +3 F +6 148
T118 Lorie Kane 75 73 +2 F +6 148
T118 Carlota Ciganda 71 77 +6 F +6 148
T118 Birdie Kim 76 72 +1 F +6 148
T118 Maria Hernandez* 71 57 +6 13 +6 128
T118 Sandra Gal 74 46 +3 11 +6 120
T124 Jacqui Concolino 71 78 +7 F +7 149
T124 Jee Young Lee 74 75 +4 F +7 149
T124 Xiyu Lin 71 78 +7 F +7 149
T124 Kim Kaufman 71 78 +7 F +7 149
T124 Mindy Kim 75 74 +3 F +7 149
T124 Katie Futcher* 77 56 +1 14 +7 133
T124 Lisa McCloskey 76 42 +2 10 +7 118
T124 Cydney Clanton* 75 38 +3 9 +7 113
T132 Tiffany Joh 75 70 +4 17 +8 145
T132 Nicole Jeray* 76 38 +3 9 +8 114
T134 Jaclyn Sweeney* 76 67 +4 16 +9 143
T134 Giulia Sergas 77 39 +3 9 +9 116
T134 Ryann O’Toole* 74 36 +6 8 +9 110
T137 Emily Tubert 74 78 +7 F +10 152
T137 Kathleen Ekey 75 38 +6 8 +10 113
139 Austin Ernst 74 79 +8 F +11 153
140 Kayla Mortellaro 78 64 +5 15 +12 142
T141 P.K. Kongkraphan 76 81 +10 F +15 157
T141 Maria McBride 81 76 +5 F +15 157
143 Cindy LaCrosse 76 82 +11 F +16 158
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