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Wie closing on elusive first LPGA Tour win

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  • Michelle Wie shares the lead with Angela Stanford in SBS Open in Hawaii.
  • 19-year-old Wie is chasing her first win in an LPGA Tour event
  • Retief Goosen takes lead in Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after a 64
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(CNN) -- Michelle Wie is closing on her first LPGA Tour win after claiming a share of the lead with one round to go in the $1.2 million SBS Open in her native Hawaii.

Teenage sensation Wie has returned to her best form in the LPGA Tour opener.

Teenage sensation Wie has returned to her best form in the LPGA Tour opener.

Wie, who is playing her first tournament as a full member of the tour, having previously relied on invitations and exemptions, is tied with Angela Stanford on eight-under 136.

She carded a two-under 70 in windy and testing conditions at Turtle Bay to make up a one-stroke deficit on first round leader Stanford.

Brazil's Angela Park, who is also seeking her first LPGA victory, will be another big contender after carding the low round of the second day, a four-under 68 for 137.

But much of the focus is inevitably on Wie, with the LPGA season-opener on her home island of Oahu.

Still only 19, she made headlines and attracted criticism for her participation in men's PGA Tour events before winning a tournament on the women's leading professional tour.

She is trying to put thoughts of an elusive victory to the back of her mind.

"It would be great. I just don't want to get that engrained in my head just yet," she told the official LPGA Tour web site www.lpga.com.

"I feel like everyone has been asking me that, and it's still a day left, and I just want to do the same thing, play as hard as I can, and obviously it would mean a lot.

"So I'm just going to try and have fun out there."

Wie, who earned her LPGA Tour card in the qualifying school at the back end of 2008, notched four birdies, including three in a row, offset by two bogeys.

"I have to say I am satisfied, I guess, because I did shoot a fine round, but I feel like ... I left a couple shots out there, especially the short putts, so that's in my mind right now," Wie added.

Japan's Momoko Ueda was three shots off the lead on 139, with a further four-strong group, including Taiwan's Yani Tseng, a further two behind.

On the men's PGA Tour, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa charged into the lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with an eight-under par 64.

Goosen is on 12-under 132 to give him a two-shot lead over joint first round leader Dustin Johnson at the $6.1 million tournament.

Robert Garrigus, who shared the first-round lead with Johnson after a pair of 65s, slipped back with a 71 and was tied with Charley Hoffman, Canadian Mike Weir and Mark Calcavecchia for third place on 136.

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