Michelle Wie is in contention in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Wie shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to enter the weekend a stroke behind leaders Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn.
“I think being in contention is definitely a spot where I feel comfortable at. Feels like home to me,” Wie said. “It’s nice being in this position again. I’m really proud of the way I’ve played the last two days.”
Lewis and Jutanugarn played together, each following an opening 64 with a 67 to reach 13 under in the tournament that broke the LPGA Tour record for the lowest 36-hole cut at 5 under.
“Sometimes birdies are pars out here,” Wie said. “Certain holes you have to make birdie to stay with the competition. It’s just kind of the nature of the game out here.”
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Jeong Eun Lee, Mi Jung Hur and Vicky Hurst all join Wie at 12 under.
Wie is winless in 62 events since winning the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.
“It definitely makes it a lot sweeter,” Wie said. “Struggling to make the cut on Fridays, coming down the stretch and trying to make the cut is a whole different feeling than making birdies to stay in contention.”