Michelle Wie played her best two rounds of the week to get where everyone expected her to be -- playing today for her second straight US Women's Amateur Public Links title. The 14-year-old sensation beat No. 2 qualifier Jenna Pearson, 5 and 4, in the quarterfinals yesterday and then outlasted Angela Park, 2 and 1, in the semifinals in Williamsburg, Va.
Wie will play Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan, who beat In-Bee Park of Eustis, Fla., 1-up, in the other semifinal. Earlier, the 15-year-old Tseng beat Ashley Grier of Hagerstown, Md., in the completion of a 22-hole third-round match, then ousted Hannah Jun of San Diego, 7 and 5, in the quarterfinals.
Wie said she was relieved having reached the final again.
"A lot of people expected a lot of me this year," she said. "I kind of felt that. I saw my picture on the program. It was a lot of pressure."
She felt it most against Park, of Torrance, Calif., who took her only lead on the third hole but matched Wie almost shot for shot. Park, 15, erased Wie's two-hole lead with birdies at Nos. 12 and 13, but Wie wasted no time, hitting her second shot to the par-4 14th hole to about 4 feet away before Park missed two putts and conceded the hole. Wie ended it at the par-3 17th when Park missed two putts.
PGA -- The stiff breezes returned to the TPC at Avenel, slowing Adam Scott's record pace. Still, Scott gutted out a 4-under-par 67 to take a six-shot lead into the final round of the Booz Allen Classic in Potomac, Md.Scott mixed seven birdies with three bogeys. His total of 18-under 195 tied the 54-hole course record set by Hal Sutton in 1991. Scott also tied the lowest 54-hole total on the PGA Tour this year -- Phil Mickelson carded 195 through three rounds at the Bob Hope Classic, and David Toms did the same at the St. Jude Classic.
LPGA -- Kim Saiki remained on course for her first win in 13 years on Tour, shooting a 4-under 68 to open up a one-stroke lead over Rosie Jones after the third round of the Rochester LPGA in Pittsford, N.Y. Saiki, 38, was at 13-under 203 after her third sub-70 round. Jones was tied for the lead until the last hole. Her approach shot landed in a green-side bunker on No. 18 and she picked up her first bogey to finish with a 67.
Nationwide -- Kevin Stadler shot a 3-under 69 to grab a one-shot lead over Bill Lunde heading into the final round of the Lake Erie Charity Classic in Findley Lake, N.Y. Kevin Johnson of Pembroke and Jason Caron of Yarmouth are seven shots off the lead.
European -- Jean-Francois Remesy matched the course record in Versailles with a 6-under 65 for a three-shot lead after three rounds of the French Open.