Suzanne Pettersen’s 67 was the low round of the day and it was enough to put her into the lead at the LPGA Championship. Pettersen leads at -8, Karrie Webb is one shot behind at -7, with Birdie Kim and Brittany Lincicome tied for third at -6. Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Meena Lee and Annika Sorenstam are tied for fifth at -5 only three shots back.
The first-round co-leaders all slipped a bit Friday. Birdie Kim’s up-and-down 71 (four bogeys) only dropped her two back, but both Kim Saiki-Maloney and Angela Park posted 73 to fall to -4. For the second straight day, Lorena Ochoa posted 71 – a double-bogey at 4 marred her round – so she is -2. Stacy Prammanasudh and Laura Davies were sitting pretty Thursday evening but they went south with 74 and 75 respectively. New Hall Of Famer Se Ri Pak carded a 70 to get into red numbers (-1) for the weekend.
The cut was +3, which surprised me. Early in the day I felt certain it would reach +4 and maybe even +5 but if only one of the 15 players currently tied for 70th place had gotten one more birdie, the cut would have been +2. Count Michelle Wie, Sherri Steinhauer and Meaghan Francella among the lucky ones at T70. As is was, Ai Miyazato (+4), Julieta Granada (+6) and Grace Park (+9) were all sent packing. Young Kim withdrew during the round because of illness.
I haven’t watched the tv coverage yet, but the biggest surprise here is most certainly Annika Sorenstam. I don’t know if she has the stamina yet to remain in contention, but I am certainly impressed by her showing so far. Maybe regaining that World #1 title isn’t impossible after all.