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Can Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa rebound Friday at J Golf Phoenix LPGA International?

The first thing I’m going to watch for this morning is killer tumbleweed. The winds here during the first round were borderline apocalyptic, and the afternoon scores reflected that. If it blows that hard today — and it might — there’s no telling how high the cut may go, or even if the second round will be completed as scheduled.I’m particularly interested to see how Lorena Ochoa and Michelle Wie bounce back. Both lost their swings and their composure during the brutal winds of Thursday afternoon, but they’re off early Friday with calmer conditions and smoother greens. I look for both of them to play well.One woman who actually thrived in the challenging conditions of the first round was Suzann Pettersen. She’s one of the best athletes in golf and there’s no one I would rather watch swing the club. Tied for second, only one back, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s leading at day’s end.

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by Kevin Cunningham