PINEHURST, N.C. - Michelle Wie will tee it up Sunday holding a share of the 54-hole lead in a major for the second time this year.
Wie and Lexi Thompson were tied going into the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, the year's first major. Thompson outdueled Wie to win by three shots.
Wie, 24, believes the experience at Kraft will help her come Sunday when she goes out with co-leader Amy Yang in the final pairing of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
"I love being in contention," Wie said. "I love feeling nervous on the first tee, I love that whole, `every shot really counts,' whether you miss it or make it. I love it. I love feeling the nerves. That just means I really want it. It's exactly why I started playing golf, to have these opportunities and I'm just really grateful for another one."
Wie conceded she was quite nervous the night before the final round of the Kraft Nabisco and called Meg Mallon, the four-time major championship winner.
"I texted her, and I was like, `I'm really nervous, I can't go to bed, I can't do anything.' And that's when she told me how exciting it is," Wie said.
Mallon told Wie to relish the excitement and nerves. But about that sleeping on the lead?
"I just try to watch movies, try to watch shows, just try not to think about it, or I'll think about it for a little bit," Wie said. "There's really no real science to it."