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Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Michelle Wie shoots 67, takes 2-shot lead in Singapore

Michelle Wie shoots 67, takes 2-shot lead in Singapore

"I had fun out there.it's a marathon this week, it's not a sprint, but I have to say I'm very proud of where I've positioned myself today".

The 27-year-old has struggled over the past couple of years to replicate the performances which saw her claim four LPGA Tour victories, including a maiden major success at the 2014 US Women's Open. Tomorrow I will always fight. "I tried to concentrate on my other shots", said Ariya who posted back-to-back top 10 finishes in her last LPGA events in Australia and Pattaya. "I will play aggressive especially on the shots that I have to". When I hit bogeys, I thought it was like I just missed some shots.

"I'm having a lot of fun this week", Wie said. "I have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. Plan A is try to knock them close and give myself birdie chances and then try to make birdies".

Ariya can not overtake Ko on top of the Rolex Rankings this week even with a victory, but she declared herself pleased with Saturday's performance - up to a point.

Michelle Wie rolled in several clutch putts on Thursday and had six birdies in a 10-hole stretch to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions. "It's fun being in this position", Wie said. The World No.1 admitted she doesn't mind where she plays as she's just going to do her best to track down the leader.

Pettersen also briefly found herself in front after making seven birdies, including three in a row from the 10th, only to drop two shots in her last four holes.

"Some holes were gettable and some were tricky, but I think six under by Michelle is really an impressive round".

"My ball striking was consistent, but I just could not hole like one putt out there", she said.

The 19-year-old, who has been gradually rounding into form after a host of off-season changes, began with a roar (or a tweet), with birdies on her first four holes. "I mean, if I bring my A Game, I might be able to shoot a pretty low score", she said.

South Korean Hur Mi-Jung (67) and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (68) - were locked in a three-way tie for second at nine-under. "I made a clumsy bogey on 17, but it was nice to bounce back with the birdie on the last".

Rio Olympic gold medallist Inbee Park shot a 71 to finish three shots behind Wie and tied with the defending champion Ha Na Jang (68).

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