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Wie chasing Stanford in LPGA LOTTE Championship

Third Round Preview – LPGA Tour — LPGA LOTTE Championship presented by J Golf — Ko Olina Golf Club — Oahu, Hawaii —

Following her blistering 8-under-64 in round two, American Angela Stanford slept on the 36-hole lead at the LPGA LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.

Stanford, 8-under overall after rounds of 72-64, tees off with home-state favorite Michelle Wie to begin the “weekend” ¬†at Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu. The 36-year-old Sanford rattled off eight birdies during an 11-hole stretch Thursday to secure a one-shot lead over Wie.

This season Stanford was 7th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and 4th at the HSBC Women’s Champions. But, taming Wie may be a difficult task. The 24-year-old from Honolulu was 4th in Thailand earlier this season and runner-up at the Kraft to Lexi Thompson. Wie, who leads the LPGA Tour in Greens In Regulation, seems to have found her way again and her passion for the game.

Wie has yet to finish outside of the Top 16 in six events in 2014. She is still one of the betting favorite to win the title this week, and certainly the fan favorite.

Cristie Kerr and Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park are just two back at 6-under with 36 holes to play. Both are part of a four-way tie at for third place at the moment.

Other headliners have some work to do in order to contend this week. Lydia Ko is 1-under and T-20, while Paula Creamer (73-74) is T-58.

Other Golf News:

  • Suzann Pettersen, the defending champion at the LOTTE Championship, is expected to return to action next week at the Swinging Skirts Invitational at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco. The 33-year-old World No. 2 has been out with an injury for a few missing causing her to miss the season’s first major.
  • The Champions Tour hosts the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Georgia teeing off Friday. World No. 36 Miguel Angel Jimenez makes his Champions Tour debut fresh off his fourth-place effort at The Masters.
  • Matt Kuchar (5-under) leads the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage in round two action. The leader by two at the moment, Kuchar tees for his second round at 12:40 p.m. local time in Hilton Head. Jordan Spieth, Luke Donald and Harris English are all in the mix chasing the leader. Overnight co-leader William McGirt is faded fast at Harbour Town Golf Links as he is 4-over through 12 holes on day two.
  • Vicky Hurst and Natalie Gulbis both withdrew after rounds in the 80s on day one.
  • Lee Westwood (13-under) has a four-shot lead heading into the weekend after a second-round 66 at the Maybank Malaysian Open. Westwood is looking for his 23rd career European Tour title. Nicolas Colsaerts is chasing at T-2.