Michelle Wie will take a three-shot lead into the weekend as she looks to win her first career major at the U.S. Women's Open. Here are the highlights from Round 2 at Pinehurst No. 2:
Leaderboard: Michelle Wie (-4); Lexi Thompson (-1); a-Minjee Lee (E), Amy Yang (E), Stacy Lewis (E)
What it means: Wie finished runner-up in the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, before winning the following week at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii for her first victory in four years. Dating back to the Kraft Nabisco, she's finished in the top 10 in six of her last seven events. Her best finish in the U.S. Open was a T-2 at Newport Country Club in 2006, when she was 16. Only Stacy Lewis with a first-round 67 has posted a round better than Wie's back-to-back 68s.
Best of the rest: After starting on the back, Lexi Thompson was 1 over through her first nine holes but made three straight birdies at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 to card a 2-under 68. Wie and Thompson are the only players in the field under par through two rounds. Remember, it was the 19-year-old Thompson who bested Wie for the Kraft Nabisco title earlier this year to win her first career major. Looks like they'll be going at it again at Pinehurst.
Biggest disappointment: Lewis, the overnight leader and World No. 1, followed up a 3-under 67 Thursday with a 3-over 73 Friday to fall back to even par for the championship. In an up-and-down (but mostly down) round, Lewis made six bogeys, including four in her first eight holes, against three birdies. World No. 2 and defending champion Inbee Park fared better and made the cut thanks to a 1-over 71.
Storyline we loved and lost: The youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, 11-year-old Lucy Li finished 16 over after back-to-back 78s. Li exits Pinehurst in a tie for 125th out of a field of 154. She's probably off eating ice cream somewhere. Good for her on both accounts.
Storyline to watch over the weekend: Other than the Big Wiesy chasing her first major and Lexi looking for two in a row? How about Minjee Lee? The 18-year-old Aussie amateur sits four shots back of Wie at even par. Lee won the Austailian Amateur in 2013 and successfully defended her title in 2014. No amateur has won the Open since the Catherine Lacoste of France did so back in 1967.