Lorena Ochoa leads by one shot after two rounds at the Samsung World Championship. Angela Stanford, Angela Park and Paula Creamer are tied for second at -8 with Jeong Jang fifth at -7.
Scoring was even better than in Round One. The predicted high winds didn’t materialize until late, and only three players were over par on their round (I’ll bet you can guess at least one of them!). Ochoa did not repeat her one-bad-hole hiccup from Thursday – no double-bogeys today, or bogeys either for that matter – while birdying all of the par-5s. Stanford shared Round of the Day honors with Cristie Kerr by carding a bogey-less 66. Park and Creamer both got home in 69 while Jang posted a 68. Here’s how the rest stand going into the weekend:
-6 Mi Hyun Kim
-4 Jee Young Lee, Suzann Pettersen, Se Ri Pak, Morgan Pressel
-3 Cristie Kerr
-2 Stacy Prammanasudh, Maria Hjorth
-1 Ai Miyazato, Nicole Castrale
E Brittany Lincicome, Sarah Lee
+2 Seon Hwa Lee
+13 Bettina Hauert
+14 Michelle Wie
Pressel’s old foe, the balky putter, reared its ugly head again. Morgan four-putted 14 for double-bogey and missed another short one for par at 18. Kerr wasn’t the only Thursday stumbler to recover on Friday – Ai Miyazato fired a 68, only her second round in the 60s since finishing second at HSBC. With several players lingering within five shots, I get the feeling at least one of them will be able to keep pace with Ochoa the rest of the way and make for a good Sunday finish.