Too soon? Michelle Wie playing hurt at KPMG Women's PGA Championship
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23 June, 2019, 13:12
Green had achieved her first career lead at a major tournament in the opening round and followed that up with a three-under second round, carding four birdies after a bogey on the first hole.
She was alone in second place, while defending champion Park Sung-hyun (71) and New Zealand's Lydia Ko (70) were equal third on three-under.
"Just because of my situation, one good week out here could change my life", McDaniel said.
Her back nine Friday, which was the first nine at Hazeltine, was far more steady. "I still had fun today, just stuff is hard". Fortunately enough I guess having the lead overnight didn't affect me too much when I was sleeping.
"Not great", Wie said when asked how her hand felt.
A week of major championship pressure at the US Open and a cross-country trip made for a lot of exhausted players at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Greens made soft by rain on a relatively easy course helped perk up many of them Thursday.
PGA: In Cromwell, Connecticut, Zack Sucher made a 9-foot birdie putt in the last group of the day on the par-4 18th for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead at the Travelers Championship.
After hammering her 3-wood, she hit a piercing 2-iron that stayed down the right edge and went into the first of two bunkers.
No Australian golfer has won the major tournament since Karrie Webb in 2001 but Green carded a four-under-par 68 to set the early pace on Thursday.
The 29-year-old American has emerged as a dominant force on the PGA Tour during his rise to No. 1 on the World Golf Rankings, finishing in the top two in six of his past nine major tournament appearances including four victories, but he has finished no better than ninth in three previous appearances at this event.
Green was stateside as a scholarship victor in the 2015 Karrie Webb Series, a program started by the LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer in 2007 to help mentor Australian women amateurs.
The tough weather conditions played havoc on scorecards with only 16 of the 154 players in the field going under par for the day.
Webb came up with the idea to create her own program after she was mentored by former PGA star and fellow Australian Greg Norman when she was an amateur.
"I hit my driver twice today - pretty good, " Jutanugarn said with a proud smile before adding, "Made bogey".
"Around this golf course, you've got to just know there's going to be birdies out there", he said. She's done that for us. "But it shows how much she loves the game".
As for Wie, she was headed to Florida to find answers, unsure when she would play next. "If I don't play well, I can still be happy".