CARLSBAD, Calif. — Michelle Wie West missed the minimize Friday in her first event in practically two years, and Inbee Park headed into the weekend nonetheless holding a 1-stroke lead within the Kia Basic.
Wie West shot a 2-over 74 at Aviara, an enchancment of seven strokes from her opening-round 81, to complete at 11-over 155. She had two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.
Park carded a 3-under 69 for a two-round whole of 9-under 155 and a 1-stroke lead over Sophia Popov, who shot 68 for the second straight day. Mel Reid carded a 70 and was 3 strokes off the lead. Hyo Joo Kim was 5 underneath after a 72, and Wei-Ling Hsu carded 69 to succeed in 4 underneath.
Wie West, 31, was taking part in for the primary time since giving delivery to daughter Makenna 9 months in the past. It was her first event for the reason that Girls’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine in June 2019, when she shot 84-82.
She stated being rusty coupled with Thursday’s rain and wind made it “powerful to get again into it. However loads to study from the final couple days. I like that immediately was much more constant than yesterday. Clearly nonetheless not the place I would like it to be, however a whole lot of progress, and that is the perfect factor. If I can enhance by 7 strokes each single day, I am going to take it.”
Park, the 20-time tour winner with seven main titles, had 4 birdies and acquired to 10 underneath earlier than her solely bogey, on the par-4 seventh, which was her sixteenth gap.
“I hit good photographs, and it is simply bizarre on these greens, as a result of I hit the photographs actually shut and I do not make the birdie putt, however I form of hit it to fifteen, 20 toes and I make these birdie putts,” she stated. “The holes I made immediately is just about I made in all probability 10- to 20-footers. However coming in final three holes I missed in all probability inside 5, six toes. So it is simply greens that actually want persistence.
“I performed good all through the day immediately, struck the ball effectively, hit a whole lot of greens, gave myself a whole lot of alternatives, so proud of the spherical.”