Pettersen Leads Wie, Kerr After 36 Holes at U.S. Women’s Open

Suzann Pettersen holds a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr going into today’s third round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf championship.

Pettersen was 5 under par after a 4-under round of 68 yesterday at the Blackwolf Run Championship Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. Wie had 7 birdies and a bogey for a 66, while Kerr, the 2007 champion, shot 1 under after an opening-round 69.

“I like the U.S. Opens. It’s usually the biggest test of golf throughout the year” Pettersen told reporters. “I like the way the USGA set up the courses. They make it tough. They make it fair. And it’s by far one of my favorite championships, just because of that.”

Players, who coped with temperatures as high as 92 degrees Fahrenheit (33 Celsius) with 70 percent humidity during the tournament’s first two days, were anticipating highs in the 70s today and tomorrow.

Wie, 22, has missed the cut in six of eight events on the LPGA Tour this season. She graduated from Stanford University in last month.

“I’m pretty stoked to be back in contention and honestly not have to worry about the cut line,” Wie told reporters. “It feels pretty good. I’m looking forward to a good weekend.”

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, missed the cut after ending the second round at 9-over 153. She bogeyed four of her opening six holes yesterday after an opening-round 75 that included five bogeys.

Defending champion So Yeon Ryu, who beat South Korean countrywoman Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff last year, is 1 over, one shot ahead of No. 1-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

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