Michelle Wie, who is making her first attempt at qualifying for the LPGA tour, is alone in fourth after shooting a two-over 74 in the third round of a sectional qualifying event Thursday.
Wie is five strokes behind South Korean Ahn Sun-Ju and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist who moved to 12-under 204 after the first three rounds. Ahn shot a 72 on Thursday.
Japan's Miki Saiki carded a two-under 70 and is three shots adrift of the leaders while Wie reach a seven-under 209 after 54 holes.
Wie shot a 65 on Wednesday to make the cut on the 6,442-yard, par-72, Mission Hills Country Club course.
She will likely finish in the top 30 and advance to the second round of LPGA qualifying which will be held in Florida on December 3-7.
Wie has been relying on exemptions, invites and earnings over the past few years but injuries and poor showings have resulted in less tournaments willing to exempt her into the field.
Wie attempted to qualify for the LPGA tour this year through money made at tournaments where she received sponsor's exemptions. But she was unable to earn enough money to finish in the top 80 on the earnings list.
She has also expressed an interest in joining the men's PGA Tour on a full-time basis and says her No. 1 goal is to play in the Masters.
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