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LPGA: Michelle Wie withdraws from US Women's Open with neck pain

15 July 2017

Wie, the 2014 victor, withdrew on the 11th hole, her second hole of the day in a rainy start to the second round, which was delayed to allow 39 players to finish their first round from the weather-interrupted opening day.

Feng, though, was ready. She added the numeral 6 to her first name because there are five other women named Jeongeun Lee now competing on the KLPGA Tour.

"I would say yeah, I mean I'm a person that, you know, I like to be happy all the time", said Feng, adding, "Golf is just part of our lives. That's my low score in US Open ever so hopefully I can keep it going". I had my rain suit and rain glove and umbrella, everything there. That's what I did and I did well. I'm really happy about the round, 66.

LPGA: Michelle Wie withdraws from US Women's Open with neck pain

Feng, who played a tournament last week in China and arrived in Bedminster exhausted on Monday after an overnight flight, birdied three in a row starting on the 11th, her second hole, and then made another birdie trio from the 17th through the 1st in a bogey-free round. I did a lot of that today which was great, especially on those downhills where they get really fast. "Hopefully I can make that up quickly over the next two days and put myself in contention on Sunday".

She's had several close calls in the last five years, including 10 top-10 finishes and a tie for second at the 2014 Women's British Open.

Feng closed out her round with eight straight pars, while Yang reached the turn level-par before firing five birdies on the back nine to move within one of the lead.

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The 21-year-old Lee said she's "surprised" she's played this well since this is her first LPGA event based on her KLPGA win at the Lotte Rent a Car Ladies win earlier this year and her first visit to the United States.

Seon Woo Bae, also of South Korea, was in fifth place alone at 139 after a 69.

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She closed her round with two clutch putts to climb to 2-under on the day. Instead, she was dropping the ball in the fairway and playing from there. "Thank you for all your support and well wishes".

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LPGA: Michelle Wie withdraws from US Women's Open with neck pain