NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie bounced up and down the leaderboard in Saturday’s stiff winds but left the CME Group Tour Championship with her chance to win the tournament and the Race to the CME Globe intact.
With an even-par 72, Wie is four shots off the lead in the LPGA’s season-ending event at Tiburon Golf Club. She’s also fifth in the projected points standings as she bids to claim the $1 million jackpot that goes to the winner of the Globe.
With a birdie at the 10th hole, Wie moved to first in the Globe’s projected standings, but she got in trouble with her second shot at the 11th hole. She hit it up against a steep bunker wall in front of the green and had no choice but to blast out sideways to a spot left of the green. She couldn’t get up and down for bogey from there.
“Today I felt like it could have gotten away from me, but I'm proud of myself for staying in there,” Wie said. “I still have a chance for tomorrow. I'm not out of it. That's all I can ask for. I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow, and we'll see what happens.”