Michelle Wie’s first two days in Canada qualify as momentum changing.
With another 1-under-par 70 Friday at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Wie ended a swoon of six consecutive missed cuts (five in LPGA events). At 2-under 140, she is tied for 35th going into the weekend.
After missing the cut at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in her last start, Wie tweeted: “I never want to sit out on a weekend ever again! Gonna use this feeling to push myself to be better.”
Wie pushed herself into the weekend Friday with some good ball striking. She hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation in the second round and 9 of 14 fairways. She took 33 putts, four more than she did on Thursday.
With a victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010 and a runner-up finish in that event last year, Wie headed north this week with some excitement to play in the inaugural Manulife Financial at Waterloo in Ontario.
“Me and my friends always joke that if I win in Canada one more time, that I’m going to become a Canadian citizen,” she told Canadian media at week’s start. “I love it. The people are so relaxed and I feel very welcome when I go there, so I’m real excited that we have another tournament there.”