Wie takes control at Pinehurst

Michelle Wie carded her second 68 of the week to claim a three-shot lead after the second round of the US Women’s Open at Pinehurst.

Still in search of her first major victory in this, her 38th attempt, Wie took advantage of the good conditions early in the day to reach four-under after 36 holes.

The Hawaiian leads Lexi Thompson – who also carded a 68, making her the only other player to break par at the halfway stage – after Thursday’s leader Stacey Lewis dropped down the field after a round of 73.

On level par, one shot behind Thompson in joint third place are South Korea’s Amy Yang (69), Minjee Lee (71) and Lewis.

“I think I used to be too worried about the final score and where I was standing,” Wie told reporters in the clubhouse after her round.

“I was too concerned about what place I was in, instead of just trying to play the best I could every hole and that’s what I’m trying to do now.

“I’m trying not to focus on if I’m leading or not, if I’m second or third, how many back I am, but what I can shoot the next day, what I can shoot today.”

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old amateur who became the youngest player at a major ever on Thursday, carded her second 78 of the week to comfortable miss the cut on 16-over.