PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Greed isn’t good at Locust Hill Country Club.
Wie was tied for 16th when she signed her scorecard, a jump of 55 spots better than her position after the first round. At even par overall, she was just four shots off the lead with the afternoon wave heading out in the second round.
Wie had five birdies and just a single bogey. While Wie still makes birdies in bunches, the lone bogey Saturday was key. Her 68 was her lowest score at Locust Hill since it became a major in 2010. It equals the lowest score she has posted on this course in her six years playing it.
“I’ve tried a lot of things off the tee on this golf course over the past couple years, so shooting 68 really gives me confidence,” Wie said. “I’m starting to understand this golf course a little more.”
Wie hit just two drivers on Saturday. She said leaving driver in her bag is a challenge, because she likes to hit it. She has been hitting 3-woods, 2-iron hybrid and 4-iron hybrid off tees.
“I just try not to be greedy on this golf course,” Wie said.
Wie said gearing down has left her a lot more 5-irons and 6-irons into greens, but it’s also kept her from too many visits into the gnarly rough. Wie hit 11 of 14 fairways Saturday, three better than in Friday's 76.
“I love hitting my driver,” Wie said. “Some holes, it does work, but sometimes it will nip you in the butt if you get a little greedy.”
Wie needs a good summer run to make her third U.S. Solheim Cup team. She’s 13th on the American points list and must be among the top eight by the end of the Ricoh Women’s British Open to make the team on points.
After missing back-to-back cuts, Wie tied for 9th at the Shoprite LPGA Classic last week. She moved up three spots on the American points list doing so. The top 20 in LPGA events earn Solheim Cup points with those points doubled in this week's major. Wie kept last week's momentum going with her 68 on Saturday.
“I’ve been thinking about the Solheim Cup since the beginning of the season,” Wie said. “It’s definitely one of the most important things for me, to make the team. I’ve been working all season to get points, so hopefully this week I can get some points.”