A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open:
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Lucy Li hit the range at 8:30 this morning. Her tee time is at 12:52 p.m. Think she’s serious about making the cut?
Randall Mell responds to colleague Lauren Thompson@RandallMellGC: Amen RT @LThompsonGC: @RandallMellGC it’s all of that “11yr old energy”! Prob hard to keep her within the confines of the hotel room...
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman@KellyTilghmanGC: 11 yr old Lucy Li won’t play weekend at US Women’s Open but she shot back to back 78s. Let’s all eat an ice cream in her honor.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: An 11-year-old shooting 78-78 on a @usopengolf set-up is remarkable. Let’s hope those around Lucy Li move forward wisely.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Twin 68s @themichellewie opened with here feels like double 65s Kaymer started @usopengolf with. Great scores on a difficult track.
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman@KellyTilghmanGC: The Big Wiesy is making it look easy at Pinehurst #2. She’s leading the US Women’s Open by a shot after 2nd straight 68.
Golf writer Steve Elling@EllingYelling: Michelle Wie shoots her second 68 in a row and leads the US Open. Words I did not envision typing. At least, not since about 2009.
Ron Green Jr.@RonGreenJr: Michelle Wie thru 36 holes with a 1-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis in the Women’s Open. Could be big bang weekend the men missed.
Golfweek writer Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: Michelle Wie is leading the U.S. Women’s Open. And the No. 1 player in the world trails by one. The @lpga’s dream continues!
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: Another runaway at Pinehurst? Michelle Wie the only player under par, leads by 4.
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: I asked Michelle Wie about the kinesio tape on her leg. Does it really help? “Yeah. & I think it looks cool. Makes me look hard.” Laughs. That’s probably my greatest contribution to the golf beat.
Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel@JasonSobelGC: Enjoying the reaction to Lucy Li eating a post-round ice cream. “It’s almost like she’s a normal girl!!!” Uh, yeah.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Borrrrrring ... Michelle Wie has to wait 9 minutes at 5th tee before she can tee off at the short par 5 (479 yards) long waits today.
Golf writer Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: SO SLOW!
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Stanford grad (Wie) just might be saving shots finding shade in long waits between shots in furnace that is Pinehurst.
Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Pinehurst No. 2 is set up at 6,291 yards & greens are running at 12.5 on stimp (same as the men, but softer, more receptive). #USWomensOpen.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Today’s green speeds at Pinehurst No. 2 again Stimp just over 12½. Each green received 2-3 minutes of water.
Ron Green Jr.@RonGreenJr: Raining pretty hard at Pinehurst No. 2 right now (3:25 p.m.)...latest thunder may be related to Tiger announcing his return.
Steve Elling@EllingYelling: Not sure which is more surprising, that Tiger is playing next week, or that he actually has a Facebook page.
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Pinehurst won’t puddle up easily. It will be able to take rain like this for a while. Good news for Wie. Bad news for Lewis.
Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Bingo, 74%/71% RT @DKBruce1: @RandallMellGC What was the comparison between fairways hit? Have to believe the ladies were more accurate.
Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Scoring average for the #uswomensopen in the 1st round was 75.83. Meanwhile, it was 73.23 for the men last week at Pinehurst. #randomfacts
Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Nope. Women can putt greens same speed as men; need softer cuz they don’t spin it as much. MT @macalmont u think greens too fast for women?
Golfweek writer Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: Michelle Wie drains a 12-footer on the 14th to save par. Fan yells “That’s how you win tournaments, Michelle!”
N&O’s Joe Giglio@jwgiglio: After a triple on 13, Lucy Li comes back birdie-par, she’s plus-7 for the round with three holes to play. That’s a pretty good bounce back for a pro, nevermind a 5th-grader.
Golfweek writer Beth Ann Nichols@GolfweekNichols: It’s just miserably hot today at Pinehurst. Hate that for fans and for afternoon groups that might not have the galleries they deserve.
Golf Channel@GolfChannel: Today in 1999, Payne Stewart won the #USOpen at Pinehurst No. 2. We miss you, Payne.