Pettersen leads, Wie makes big move at U.S. Open

Posted July 06, 2012, at 9:13 p.m.
Last modified July 06, 2012, at 10:48 p.m.

KOHLER, Wis. — Even as she climbed into the lead in the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday, Suzann Pettersen took some time to admire Michelle Wie’s big move into contention.

Pettersen, the Norwegian star ranked sixth in the world, shot a 4-under 68 at Blackwolf Run and moved to 5 under for the tournament. But Wie was even better on the day, carding a 6-under 66 to reach 4 under and put herself in position to break out of a season-long slump.

Wie was tied with Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open winner, one stroke off the lead.

Pettersen was playing in the group directly behind Wie, giving her a pretty good view of what turned out to be an impressive display of accurate approach shots and made putts.

Kerr, who was tied for the first-round lead at 3 under with Lizette Salas and Brittany Lincicome, had a 71.

Sandra Gal, Inbee Park and Vicky Hurst shot 70 to reach 3 under.

Salas had a 73 to drop to 2 under. Mika Miyazato also was 2 under after a 71. Lincicome had a miserable day, shooting an 80 on Friday to fall to 5 over.

Se Ri Pak, the Open winner at Blackwolf Run in 1998, was 1 over after a 73.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 2 over after a 72.

PGA TOUR: One week after he won for the third time this season, Tiger Woods gets a rare weekend off.

Woods missed the cut in the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., by a stroke Friday, following an opening 71 with a 69 to finish at even par. He missed a cut for only the ninth time in his PGA Tour career, and for the third time in a tournament following a victory.

After winning Sunday at Congressional, Woods was on a course he’d never seen before.

“I didn’t quite have it,” Woods said. “I drove it really good today and I just did not have the feel for the distances. The ball was just going forever. I know we’re at altitude, but I just couldn’t get the ball hit pin high no matter what I did, and subsequently, I made some bogeys.”

Phil Mickelson also failed to advance to weekend play, the first time Woods and Mickelson have missed the cut in the same tournament as professionals.

Mickelson shot his second straight 71.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson topped the leaderboard at 9 under when play was suspended because of darkness in the round that was delayed because of rain.

Simpson made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th for a 4-under-66.

A dozen players were unable to complete the round.

Among those still on the course when play was stopped was Martin Flores, who was a stroke back at 8 under with two holes left. The round was delayed more than two hours earlier in the day because of thunderstorms.

Rookie Charlie Beljan (62), Jonathan Byrd (68), Jeff Maggert (68) and Jerry Kelly (66) also were 8 under.

FIRST TEE OPEN: John Cook closed with a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 ninth hole at Del Monte for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with 62-year-old Tom Kite in the First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif..

Kite also opened at Del Monte. He won the 1983 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the site of his final two rounds in the Champions Tour event.

Cook won the 1981 Crosby for the first of his 11 PGA Tour titles.

Mark McNulty, Loren Roberts and Tom Pernice Jr. were a stroke back. They also played at Del Monte.

Brad Bryant had the best score of the day at Pebble Beach, shooting a 69. Mark Calcavecchia, Corey Pavin, Gary Hallberg and Peter Senior shot 69 at Del Monte.

Defending champion Jeff Sluman had a 71 at Del Monte. He also won the event in 2008 and 2009.

FRENCH OPEN: Germany’ Marcel Siem shot a 3-under 68 on Friday in wet and windy conditions at Le Golf National to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the French Open in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France.

Siem had five birdies and a double bogey on the Albatross Course. He had a 6-under 136 total.

Sweden’s Alexander Noren was second after a 67. Denmark’s Anders Hansen and South Africa’s George Coetzee shot 68 to reach 4 under. France’s Raphael Jacquelin had a 71 to match Italy’s Francesco Molinari (68) and England’s David Lynn (72) at 3 under.

Ian Poulter (69) and 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (69) were five shots off the pace, and third-ranked Lee Westwood (73) was seven back.

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