PINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie, the former child prodigy who was projected as the next big thing and a contender to win the most major titles in LPGA tour history, is 36 holes from her first.
Wie, who nearly won three majors when she was 16, grabbed the early second-round lead in the U.S. Women's Open with a superb 2-under-par 68 on increasingly difficult Pinehurst No. 2.
It was her second consecutive 68 and at 4 under for the tournament, she leads by two.
Wie, who started her round at the 10th hole, made birdies on her final two holes to wrestle the lead from Stacy Lewis, who fired an opening-round 67 on Thursday. Lewis made bogey on her first hole to drop back to 2 under.
"I can't complain," Wie said. "End of the day yesterday I was thinking if I just did this again, that would be nice. But always finishing with two birdies is always great. It's a grind out there. It's not easy. Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made.
"I can't complain, I'll take it."
Lewis started her round about 15 minutes after Wie finished her round. Lewis has been up and down early with four bogeys and two birdies in her first eight holes and is currently three shots back of Wie.
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