Hunt for Wie on

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

Michelle Wie is aware of the players creeping up behind her.

But that doesn’t mean she’s paying close attention to them — at least, not yet.

Wie, the 20-year-old Hawaiian, came through with a steady 69 on Friday at St. Charles Country Club to move to 10-under for the tournament and maintain a three-shot lead at the midway point of the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

“No, I really try not to,” said Wie. “I just really tried to play my own game and as hard as that is, you do look at the scoreboard a lot.

“But I really try not to and I really try to focus on my own game.”

Wie’s game was pretty solid again, though her putter was a little cooler than it was during Thursday’s opening round of 65.

“Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking,” said Wie, conceding she could have easily posted a lower number. “But you end every round thinking every round could be better.

“There’s a shot here and a shot there, but I went out and played my hardest. I gave it my all.”

Wie also didn’t duck a question about her pursuit of a second LPGA victory — and first of the 2010 season.

“You know it’s is frustrating when you don’t win,” said Wie, whose lone victory came at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. “But there’s nothing you can do about it. All you can do is look forward, just try and do your best every step of the way.

“That’s what I’m trying to do.”

For the second consecutive day, Wie had a monstrous gallery following her All-World group that includes Jiyai Shin and Cristie Kerr, two of the three players currently in the chase for the No. 1 world ranking.

“The crowds are phenomenal,” said Wie. “They’re very supportive and they’re very respectful of the game. It was just really great that they’re all out there and I feel really grateful that they are.”

A star-studded leaderboard includes Shin just three strokes back, while Morgan Pressel and defending champion Suzann Pettersen are only four back.

Pettersen, who is also searching for her first win of the season, is quite comfortable with where she sits.

“I love where I’m at,” said Pettersen, who birdied her final three holes and four of her final five to shoot 69. “I like to chase down to the top, but we’ll see.”

When asked to hazard a guess at how low a score it might take to find the winner’s circle on Sunday, Pettersen had trouble pinning it down.

“I don’t know,” said Pettersen. “It seems like Michelle is playing well. Even though it’s windy, you can still score out here. You never know what the weather is going to do.

“Two figures for sure. For sure.”

Pressel tied for the low round of the day at 66 with Sarah Jane Smith and was excited about what the weekend might hold for her.

“Well, it’s nice to be back in contention,” said Pressel, who tied for second at last year’s Canadian Women’s Open at Priddis Greens in Calgary. “I played well to put myself there and it looks like Michelle is very confident in her game right now, so it looks like I’m going to have to have two more days of golf like I had (Friday) and we’ll see what happens.”

Pettersen and Pressel will get going at 12:22 p.m., while Wie and Shin tee off at 12:30 p.m.


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