Wie Moves Into Contention 2009: Plenty Challengers

Wie moves into contention

There are plenty of other challengers though, including recent major winner Brittany Lincicome, eight-time LPGA winner Paul Creamer and probably the most famous non-winner
on tour, 19-year-old Michelle Wie. Pettersen of Norway and Oh of South Korea shot 3-under 69s Saturday to stand at 12-under 204, taking a one-stroke lead over Lincicome (72) after three rounds of the $2 million event that seemingly will have a new champion with Ochoa 10 shots back heading into the final round. The biggest story would be Wie winning her first title since the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in 2003. She turned pro in 2006 but that first win has eluded her. She had a second in Hawaii earlier this year after blowing a three-stroke lead with eight holes to go. “It would mean a lot,” Wie said after matching Creamer’s 68 to move three shots behind the leaders at 9-under 207. “I always think about it. … I’m just basically going to go out there and try my hardest and have fun like I had the last few it days and see where it takes me.” If Wie is going to win, she will have to putt better. She missed seven putts of 10 feet or less in the second round, and she missed four of four feet or less Saturday. • Fergus, Jones share lead — Gene Jones and Keith Fergus were in the lead at 10 under when play was suspended by rain in the second round of the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala.
Rain had halted play for four hours in the morning and it was suspended with the threat of storms looming after Jones was 7 under through 14 holes in his second round. Fergus had finished the front nine in 4 under to join him atop the leader board.

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