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Looking for No. 1, Wie tied at the top

R. GOOSENA 12-under 132 R. GOOSENA 12-under 132
Associated Press / February 14, 2009
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Michelle Wie put herself into contention for her first LPGA Tour victory, shooting a 2-under-par 70 in difficult conditions yesterday in the second round of the season-opening SBS Open at Kahuku, Hawaii.

Making her debut as an LPGA card-carrying member, Wie used a three-birdie run to surge to the top of the leaderboard and finish with an 8-under 136, tied with Angela Stanford (71) heading into today's final round.

"It feels good," Wie said of being in contention again. She will be in the final group for the first time since the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters, where she tied for second and picked up the biggest tour paycheck of her career.

The 19-year-old LPGA rookie is seeking her first title in her 49th start on tour.

"I'm starting with a clean slate," she said. "I earned my way here."

Stanford, the first-round leader, began the day at 7 under and quickly caught Wie for the lead by birdieing the par-5 third hole before running off 15 straight pars for her second bogey-free round.

Brazilian-born Angela Park had the best round of the day with a 68 and was at 7 under, two strokes ahead of Momoko Ueda (71).

Rookies Stacy Lewis (70), the Q-School medalist, and 18-year-old Vicky Hurst (71) were at 3 under, with 2008 rookie of the year and second-ranked Yani Tseng (75), who opened her round with a double bogey.

PGA - Retief Goosen is sporting a new look at a tournament he has never played. After an 8-under 64 in the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he's hopeful of seeing some old results.

Goosen hit a 3-iron to 8 feet for an eagle on the second hole at Pebble Beach, then picked up even more momentum by holing a 70-foot chip on the par-3 fifth green for birdie.

With short birdies on two of the last four holes, he was at 12-under 132 and had a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.

Goosen is wearing prescription sunglasses for the first time in his career, and the belly putter he tried out last week in San Diego is starting to take hold.

Mike Weir and Mark Calcavecchia each had a 69 at Pebble Beach and were among those at 8-under 136.

Champions - Jerry Pate and Bernhard Langer were in the lead at 8 under after the opening round of the Allianz Championships in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Travelers agreed to a four-year contract extension that keeps the PGA Tour in Connecticut through 2014.

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