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Wie a real ace north of the border

Associated Press / August 27, 2010

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Michelle Wie refrained from doing a dance after this hole-in-one. She was just as happy, though.

The 20-year-old from Hawaii had the second ace of her professional career yesterday on her way to a 7-under-par 65 and a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Wie raised her hands and got a high-five from playing partner Cristie Kerr after the ace on the 190-yard, par-3 11th hole at the St. Charles Country Club.

After her first hole-in-one, in her rookie season at last year’s McDonald’s LPGA Championship, Wie did a dance.

“I did a little shimmy after I made it in at McDonald’s and it got replayed one too many times,’’ Wie said. “So [I] just decided against it. I really wanted to, but I didn’t. But it was pretty crazy.’’

The youngest player to qualify for the US Amateur at age 10, Wie said she’s had eight aces in her life, but this was the only one in a tournament that she actually saw roll into the cup.

Sarah Kemp of Australia was three strokes behind Wie after her 68 in the morning, while defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway was alone in third place at 69.

Rookie Ilhee Lee of South Korea initially had a score of 69 after her early round, but it was later corrected to 70 — a mark shared with seven others.

Wie delivered a second spectacular shot, on No. 17, when she holed out from a greenside bunker for a birdie.

“I just really thought I could make it, and I went up there, really thought about it, just trusted it, and kind of did what I thought it would do,’’ Wie said.

Kemp overcame blustery winds during the day to tally six birdies and two bogeys on the par-72, 6,572-yard course.

“My putter, I think, was the 4 under today,’’ said Kemp, 25, who’s in her third season on the Tour. “I holed some really good putts and I just kept it in play.’’

World No. 1 Ai Miyazato of Japan is tied for 63d after shooting a 74, while No. 2 Kerr finished tied for 81st with 75.

Alexis Thompson, who turned pro in June at the age of 15, shot a 71.

US Amateur — Richard Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., lost his second-round match in University Place, Wash., falling to Morgan Hoffman, 6 and 4. Werenski, who will be a sophomore at Georgia Tech, never led against Hoffman, who won the first hole and was 4 under par for the 14 holes.

Peter Uihlein, originally from Dartmouth, Mass., but now an Oklahoma State student living in Orlando, Fla., beat Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in the second round, 2 up, then rallied from 2 down after nine holes to beat John Hahn in 19 holes.

“The wind was brutal and I was fortunate to come out on top. John played a good match,’’ Uihlein said. “It was grueling. It was not easy.’’

Defending champion Byeong-Hun An rolled into the quarterfinals. His day started with a 4-and-3 victory over Alex Shi Yup Kim. After a brief break, An beat Alabama’s Scott Strohmeyer, 3 and 2.

European — Richard Finch shot a 6-under 66 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.

Finch is looking to end a two-year drought since winning twice in 2008, at the New Zealand Open and Irish Open. Robert Rock, Richard Bland, Gary Boyd, David Lynne, and Stephen Gallacher are a stroke back.