Apr
1
2011
Michelle Wie Charges Back at the Kraft
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

When Michelle Wie started the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her score was in the black numbers after shooting a two-over 74 on Thursday. However, she wasn’t discouraged or too upset — she just left a few out there. Playing in the morning wave on Friday, Wie fired a five-under 67 to leap up the leaderboard and into contention. “I think it’s not really that big of a difference (between yesterday and today), couple putts here and there, couple shots here and there,” said Wie.

She was sure of one thing — it was hot. For the second day in a row, temperatures reached the triple digits.

“It was hot today,” she said. “Seemed like it was even more humid than yesterday.”

Besides shooting the low score of the morning, Wie, along with Paula Creamer, had an eventful round. On the first tee, Michelle hit an errant drive, striking a young fan in the head.

“I never felt so horrible about a shot ever,” she said. “I felt so horrible about hitting that poor little girl. But you know, I was kind of like, kind of got lucky and I just felt really bad, and hopefully she’s fine.”

As if that wasn’t enough drama, Wie and Creamer also had a drunk fan following them on the back nine.

“I don’t think drinking in over 100-degree weather is a smart idea,” said Michelle, laughing. “But he was quite entertaining. He wasn’t obnoxious at all. I thought it was really funny. He started speaking Spanish there for a while.”

She’s had success at the Kraft in the past — when she was 13 and 14, she placed T9 and 4th, respectively. And it’d be pretty special for Michelle to capture her first major at the Kraft (and it wouldn’t be a bad boost for women’s golf since Michelle is just about the only player who can move the needle significantly).

“I think it’s the fact that like I have a lot of good memories here,” said Michelle. “Playing in the final round with Annika when I was like 13, 14 was a pretty amazing experience, and I’ve been here for a long time and it’s pretty cool. I’ve kind of grown up here.”

Michelle is currently six strokes back of Stacy Lewis, who leads the next closest competitor by three.

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)