Yani Tseng set a course record by firing a 64 to take a two-shot lead at the Ginn Open. Suzann Pettersen is in second place at -10, Lorena Ochoa and Minea Blomqvist are tied for third at -9 while Carin Koch and Teresa Lu (the two first-round leaders) are tied for fifth at -8.
Tseng, currently second in the Rookie of the Year race, came out blazing with birdies on five of her first six holes. Making the turn in 30, she birdied 10 and 11 then another at 15 to reach -9 on the day and -13 for the event. A short birdie miss at 16 and a bogey at 18 showed Yani was human this day. Pettersen birdied three of her last four to post 66. Ochoa started slow but birdied five of her last ten to put up 67. Blomqvist showed once again she can go low – her 66 today was the seventh time in 22 rounds this year she’s broken 70, good stuff for a player outside of the Top 30. Koch and Lu both broke 70 for the second straight day, staying solidly in the hunt. Jee Young Lee put up a 66 to give us renewed hope that she’s turning it around (this after her Thursday 74).
Thursday’s great scoring conditions got even better Friday. 27 rounds were posted in the 60s today after 21 yesterday. The cut came at +1 with some surprising casualties – defending champ Brittany Lincicome, Se Ri Pak, Mi Hyun Kim, Maria Hjorth, Catriona Matthew, Laura Diaz and Shi Hyun Ahn. Barely avoiding the same fate were Paula Creamer and Angela Park. For once, there is joy in both the HD and TC households – Grace Park (-1) and Moira Dunn (E) will be playing this weekend.