Michelle Wie, quietly, is back on track
Michelle Wie, trying for the first time to earn her LPGA Tour card, is showing the type of game that made her the biggest draw in women's golf.
Her total of 10 under par allowed her to share the lead with first-round leader Shiho Oyama of Japan.
The top 20 players from the tournament earn their tour cards for 2009.
Wie has played LPGA Tour events in the past on sponsors' exemptions and is only now trying to become a full-fledged member. She struggled with injuries -- and image problems -- for much of the last year, but her play now is returning to the form that enabled her to contend in major championships.
She must be thrilled by the turnaround and encouraged that the skills that seemed to be rusting have returned, right? Well, we won't know until after the fifth round of the tournament on Sunday. She's not speaking publicly until then.
Photo: Michelle Wie during the first round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament on Wednesday. Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images.