Wies hot run hits a bump


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Michelle Wie rekindled some major championship fire Saturday with her run at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“It's been a while since I've been in contention here at Kraft, and it's a lot of fun,” Wie said. “I forgot how fun it was, and I'm really excited to play tomorrow . . . I still have a long way to go, and I really want it.”

With four birdies over six holes on the back nine, she electrified the large galleries following her. She was building momentum and confidence . . . until she missed a 2-foot putt for par at the 17th.

“I didn't mis-hit it,” Wie said. “It just broke a lot for a two-footer, a lot more than I thought, especially since I missed the same putt last year from two feet.”

Wie’s miss leaves her six shots back instead of five but still looking to re-establish herself as a factor on a Sunday in a major after a long spell away. She followed up Friday’s 67 with a 69.

Wie, 21, hasn’t been in the hunt to win a major in five years, since she tied for third at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open. That ended a terrific run where she finished T-3, T-3, T-5 and T-3 in four consecutive majors as a 15- and 16-year-old.