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Wie Good Enough to Share Lead

July 28, 2006|From the Associated Press

EVIAN, France — Michelle Wie is tied for the lead at a tournament again. Now she has to prove she can stay there.

Wie shot a six-under-par 66 in the second round of the Evian Masters on Thursday to share the lead with Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb at nine-under 135.

It's the fourth time the 16-year-old from Hawaii has had a share of the lead as a professional -- though she's still looking for her first victory.

"I just played more smart," said Wie, who opened with a first-round 69. "You never know what might happen."

Ochoa, the top money winner this season in women's golf, shot a 69. Webb had a 68 to go with her opening round 67 on the lakeside course in the Alpine foothills.

Wie, who has never led a tournament outright, shared the lead after the first and third rounds of the U.S. Open in 2005.

Wie described her game Thursday as "very solid." But it could have been even better.

"I felt I left a couple of shots out there," said Wie, who had six birdies. "Starting from the 12th hole I had so many birdie chances. I hit good putts and rolled it good, but they just kind of slid by the hole. I could have made a couple more putts."

At the 13th, she slid a three-foot birdie chance about a foot past the hole and settled for par.

Wie's tee shot on 18 hit a tree, but she got lucky when the ball bounced back into the fairway. But she missed a birdie putt and settled for another par.

Ochoa had three bogeys on the back nine but also had six birdies.

Webb, who was one stroke off the lead after the first round, double bogeyed the par-four 13th hole and dropped two other shots. But she had an eagle on the par-five ninth hole, and made six birdies, including one on the 18th.

Se Ri Pak shot a 68 and was one shot back. Mi Hyun Kim was two behind after a 71. Defending champion Paula Creamer, who shot a 68, was three back. So was top-ranked Annika Sorenstam, who shot a 69.

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