Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Wie holds 2-shot lead

ROGERS, Ark. - Michelle Wie shot her second straight 5-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a 2-shot lead in the suspended second round of the NW Arkansas Championship.

Coming off a victory last Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, Wie had six birdies and a bogey in her morning round at Pinnacle Country Club for a two-round total of 10-under 132.

So Yeon Ryu, paired with Wie, was second at 134 after her second straight 67.

All 72 players in the afternoon session failed to finish because of thunderstorms.

Suzann Pettersen, Chella Choi, and Line Vedel were 3 strokes back, and top-ranked and local favorite Stacy Lewis was four shots behind. Pettersen had a 67, Choi shot 65, and Vedel had five holes left.

Lewis birdied four of her first eight holes and finished with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 9 for a 67. First-round leader Alena Sharp was at 4 under overall after 15 holes.

For the second straight day, Wie saved her best for the back nine.

She had jumped into contention with a 4-under 31 on the back on Friday. After teeing off on the back nine Saturday, she once again closed with a flurry - birdieing four of her final seven holes to shoot a 4-under 32 and surge into the lead.

Wie put the finishing touch on her round, and quest for a second straight tournament victory, with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 9.

Wie held off Lewis by a shot to win her first major title in the U.S Women's Open.

The players were expected to finish the second round early Sunday before the final round began later in the morning.

PGA Tour

BETHESDA, Md. - Patrick Reed held it together better than anyone at steamy Congressional to build a 2-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National.

Reed made three bogeys in a seven-hole stretch, but still managed an even-par 71 and was in good position to claim his third victory this year. He was at 6-under 207.

Seung-yul Noh (66), Freddie Jacobson (71), and Marc Leishman (73) were at 209.

Noh finished the best score of the third round around the time leaders teed off. He wound up in the final group with Reed on Sunday.

Jacobson wasted a good start with a pair of 6s on the back nine.

Oliver Goss, in his second pro start, fell back with a three-putt double bogey. He had a 76 and was 5 shots behind.

Champions Tour

PITTSBURGH - Bernhard Langer moved closer to his first Senior Players Championship victory, shooting a 4-under 66 in the third round to stay in front of hard-charging Kenny Perry.

Langer, the steadiest player on the 50-and-older circuit, was at 15-under 195 through 54 holes of the third major on the Champions Tour schedule.

Perry briefly took the lead midway through the round before settling for a 65 that left him 3 shots behind Langer.

Associated Press
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