RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. —
Wie is making her 12th start in the tournament. She was ninth in 2003 at age 13, fourth the following year and tied for third at 16 in 2006. She also was sixth in 2011.
“I just go out there and I think I just really know what I need to do,” Wie said. “I think that came with experience of playing so many rounds in my life.”
Wie has two LPGA Tour victories, winning the 2009 Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico and the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open. She has been in the top 16 in all five of her starts this year, finishing a season-best fourth in Thailand.
Wie opened with a birdie for the second straight day, making a 20-footer from the front edge. She hit a 9-iron to 12 feet to set up a birdie on the par-4 sixth and knocked a wedge to 5 feet for another birdie on the par-5 ninth. She made a 3-footer for a birdie on the par-5 11th and parred the final seven holes. On 18, she left an 8-foot putt short.
“I’m really happy that with my placement,” Wie said.
Thompson, already a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, struggled with her putting after having a great day on the greens Friday in a bogey-free 64.
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