During last week’s men’s championship Michelle Wie got her hands on some inside information - Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley’s yardage books - and it seems she’s studied them well.
Wie is one shot off the lead after round one of the US Women’s Open, as a three-under back nine helped the American to two-under-par 68.
After her good start, the world No. 11 was in no doubt that the yardage books had a big role to play when plotting her way round Pinehurst No.2.
"I definitely learned a lot from looking at those yardage books and just seeing what they do." - Michelle Wie
“Oh, yeah, they were big helps,” said Wie. “They put some really good notes in for me. I did a lot of homework. I think it's the most homework I've ever done on a golf course.
“I just colour coordinated everything and took the notes from both of the books. It really helped because, obviously, they played last week in similar conditions, and they're great players.
“I definitely learned a lot from looking at those yardage books and just seeing what they do. I definitely learned a thing or two.”
Wie’s round of 68 yesterday marked her lowest opening round at a U.S. Women’s Open in her 13 career starts. The American has struggled lately in the early rounds of tournaments and has failed to break 80 in four out of her last six Thursday’s.
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Wie has come into form this season and is hoping to add the US Open to her win at the LPGA Lotte Championship in her native Hawaii. That maybe prove difficult though, as she is still searching for maiden major championship victory.
When asked if she thinks she has what it takes to win come Sunday, Michelle Wie said her position on the final day hasn’t even come close to being on her mind yet.
“I don’t want to think about that. It’s a long road until Sunday. I’ve had a lot of fun today. It’s great being in contention.
“I’m going to do my best tomorrow and see what happens. If I keep doing what I’m doing now, I’ll be close, and hopefully I’ll be there Sunday having an opportunity, and that’s really all I can ask for.”