Wie Climbs Into Contention

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PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) -- Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old Hawaiian golf prodigy, shot a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday and was three shots off the lead after the second round of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Wie, already qualified to play in the U.S. Women's Open, rebounded from a 73 in the first round, and pulled even for the tournament. After two rounds, she was third behind Virada Nirapathpongporn of Thailand.
 
Wie started off well, making two birdies on the front nine while avoiding any bogeys. She added two birdies on the backside, but her round suffered from four penalty strokes.
 
Wie bogeyed Nos. 13, 15 and 16, but saved par on her last two holes.
 
Play was delayed early Wednesday because of rain and then suspended because of darkness with 30 players still on the course. Players will finish the second round of stroke play Thursday morning, then move to the first round of match play.
 
Before the storms hit, Wie enjoyed a gallery of nearly 200 spectators. When play resumed, however, just a handful remained.
 
'It was kind of strange,' she said. 'All of the people were noisy and alive, and after the rain everything seemed so dead.'
 
Wie, playing in her fourth Public Links, first qualified at age 10 in 1999. She has played in two LPGA events.
 
Aimee Cho of Orlando was second, a shot off the lead.
 
Defending champion Annie Thurman is tied for fourth, four shots back.
 
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