Lorena Ochoa and Heather Young share the second-round lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Both players are at -5, one shot ahead of Maria Hjorth and Mi Hyun Kim. Hee-Won Han and Annika Sorenstam are tied for fifth, two strokes back.
Ochoa reached -7 after birdies at 10 and 11, taking a three-shot lead and making us all think “here we go again!”, but she came back to the field with bogeys at 12 and 15. Young began the day on the back nine at -3 but played her first three holes in +3. She birdied 17 and 18, then played the front side in 33 to reach -5. Hjorth’s only two bogeys on the day were at par-5s, oddly enough. Peanut was -5 until a bogey at 16 set her back. Sorenstam birdied three straight – 9 through 11 – to reach -4, lost one by three-putting at 12, then parred out. Han didn’t bogey until she took a 6 at 18. First-round leader Karen Stupples rode the big rollercoaster – four bogeys in her first six holes, three birdies out of four around the turn, then two bogeys down the stretch to finish at -2, tied for seventh. Michele Redman got to -4 for awhile but three bogeys dropped her back to -1, T11.
Ochoa’s back-nine struggle keeps many, many players in the hunt – although as Annika said after Thursday’s round, “I’m not here to hunt, I’m here to play”. 28 players are within six strokes (certainly doable) and 51 are within eight. Those who are more than ten behind are, unfortunately, going home – the cut was +5, knocking out Nicole Castrale, Jane Park, Catriona Matthew, Louise Friberg, Grace Park, Sherri Steinhauer, Laura Diaz, Christina Kim and Brittany Lincicome. The players who stumbled around Thursday but moved back onto the edge of the fray today include Diana D’Alessio, Inbee Park (both -1), Jee Young Lee, Seon Hwa Lee, Round-of-the-Day champ Moira Dunn (all even par), and Karrie Webb (+2).