Lexi joins Michelle in the final group on Saturday at the Open
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
Power game. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

Power game. ©USGA/Darren Carroll.

Lexi Thompson has found herself in a familiar place at a major. She will be paired with Michelle Wie in the final group, but this time, she is trailing Wie by three strokes at the halfway point of the U.S. Women’s Open.

In April, Thompson was paired with Wie in the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi shot a four-under 68, and won her first major by three strokes over Michelle.

Thompson knows she can handle the weekend pressure at a major. She said “Just getting that confidence for my first major win helped me out. Just coming down the stretch with that much pressure through that last round and not being that nervous. So, coming into the weekend and being in the final group tomorrow, I think that experience will help me out a lot.”

In the second round of the Open, Lexi made a bogey on 18 (her ninth hole), but came back strong with birdies on 3, 4, and 5 to get to two-under on the day, one-under for the tournament. Her second round 68 is tied for the lowest round of the tournament.

She said, “Today went very well for me. I just stayed within one shot at a time and did my routine, and had fun in between shots, not really — didn’t really get stressed out about the bad shots.”

Playing with Michelle is something that Lexi is looking forward to. “We’re pretty relaxed whenever we’re around each other. We’re pretty good friends. So I’m sure tomorrow we’ll be having conversations in between shots. But don’t get me wrong, we’re going to be super focused and trying to beat the whole field, not just each other. But we do have a good relationship, which is nice, and keeps it a little bit more relaxed.”

Lexi v. Michelle part two starts tomorrow.

2014 U.S. Women’s Open leader board.

–Bernie D’Amato