Mar 4th, 2017
Michelle Wie takes the lead
At HSBCC Champions in Singapore
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Michelle Wie has moved into an ideal position to record her first victory in almost three years when she shot a five–under par 67 to open up a two–shot lead at the HSBC Women's Champions on moving day.
Wie only made it to the event on a sponsor's invite, as she is now only 179th in the world after a protacted period of poor form. She leads World No 1 Lydia Ko, World No 2 Ariya Jutanugam and Park Sung-hyun who are grouped on 2004.
Defending champion Jang Ha-na is a further shot behind on 11–under with 2015 winner and Park In–bee in a tie for fifth place, so the quality of the competition she faces is indisputable.
"It's fun being in contention. I'm going to go out with the same mindset that I had today and just go out and play as hard as I can," Wie told reporters.
"There's so many things I can't control out there tomorrow. I'm just going to go out there and have fun and try to play the way I played the last three days."
Wie's career faltered after her 2014 Womens U.S. Open victory at Pinehurst. She faced injury problems, and completely changed her putting game. Now 27, it's great to see her back on her game.
She was after all the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at the age of just 10, the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, and the youngest to qualify for a LPGA Tour event.