KOHLER, Wis. — Even as she climbed into the lead in the second round of the U.S. Women's Open on Friday, Suzann Pettersen took some time to admire Michelle Wie's big move into contention.
Pettersen, the Norwegian star ranked sixth in the world, shot a 4-under 68 at Blackwolf Run on Friday and moved to 5 under 139 for the tournament. But Wie was even better on the day, carding a 6-under 66 to move to 4 under and put herself in position to break out of a season-long slump.
Wie was tied with Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open winner, one stroke off the lead.
"She was fist-pumping, every putt she looked at," Pettersen said.
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Wie said she doesn't spend much time thinking about the attention she received as a high-profile child prodigy in the early 2000s.
"I don't know if anyone gave up on me or not," Wie said. "I'm sure some did and some didn't. But I never gave up on myself, and today was a good reminder to myself that I can do (it) and I still have it."
Amateur Emma Talley of Caldwell County, an Alabama signee, shot a second-round 3-over 75 to make the cut at 4-over 148.
Simpson leads Greenbrier
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — One week after he won for the third time this season, Tiger Woods gets a rare weekend off.
Woods missed the cut in the PGA Greenbrier Classic by a stroke Friday at, following an opening 71 with a 69 to finish at even par. He missed a cut for only the ninth time in his PGA Tour career.
Phil Mickelson also failed to advance to weekend play, with his second straight 71.
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson topped the leaderboard at 9 under when play was suspended because of darkness in the round that was delayed because of rain.
Simpson made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th for a 4-under 66.
Campbellsville native J.B. Holmes was just two shots behind the leader after a 2-under 68. Former St. Xavier star Justin Thomas, a sophomore-to-be at Alabama, shot a 1-over 71 for a two-day total of 2-under 138 to make the cut with a shot to spare.