Racked by injuries and unsure putting in recent years, Michelle Wie has been trying to re-claim her groove and get back to the LPGA winner’s circle. Saturday in Singapore at the HSBC Women’s Champions, Wie shot a third round 67 and will have a two shot lead heading into the finishing day.
We already documented her change in putting style earlier this season, and obviously she has found her stroke, again. Wie got off to a birdie-birdie start Saturday afternoon and was actually -5 through her first 14 holes before making her first bogey since round one. Wie made one more birdie coming in and sits at -14 under and two in front of Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyung Park.
It’s the first time the now 27 year old has been this close to victory since she captured the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. “There definitely is (sic) some butterflies out there, but it’s exciting getting that feeling again and being in this position,” Wie said to the media after Saturday’s round. “I just want to go out there and have fun tomorrow and really enjoy it.”
Wie has battled shoulder, hip and now, wrist injuries over the last three years, but is clearly playing well.
For Ko, she has changed her swing coach and her clubs this season and finally, looks like the dominant player of the last two years, again. She fired seven birdies, did have two bogeys, but her 67 puts her right in position for the win Sunday, as well. You combine that with her 69 and 68 in the first two rounds and she’s played her best golf of the young LPGA season.
Players also had overcome a 90 minute plus weather delay for rain and lightning Saturday.
Americans Paula Creamer, Jessica Korda and Morgan Pressel are tied for 11th currently at -8, but if they go low overnight Saturday U.S. time, and Wie falters, they are obviously right there for the chance to win, too.