Friday, May 09, 2008

Michelob Ultra – 2nd Round

Annika Sorenstam leads by three shots after the second round of the Michelob Ultra Open. Lorena Ochoa and Jeong Jang are tied for second at -9. Meena Lee is fourth at -7 while five players are tied for fifth at -6.

A couple of weather delays didn’t bother Sorenstam – she followed up her Thursday 64 with another bogey-free round of 66. Playing in the same group, Ochoa kept pace for most of the day until a bogey at the final hole (#9). Jang finished with four straight birdies to match Annika for low round of the day. Lee birdied 16 and 17 but bogeyed 18 to fall five back. The group at -6 includes vets like Meredith Duncan, Becky Morgan and Top 30 member Karen Stupples as well as young-uns Jimin Kang and Kristy McPherson. First-round leader Mhairi McKay blew up with a 77 while Sun Young Yoo posted a 75 after her Thursday 64.

The cut was even par – Shi Hyun Ahn, Hee-Won Han, Natalie Gulbis, Lindsey Wright and Suzann Pettersen are on the good side while Seon Hwa Lee, Morgan Pressel (third straight MC and fourth of the year), Momoko Ueda, Angela Park, Sherri Steinhauer and Brittany Lincicome wound up on the dark side. Mi Hyun Kim withdrew before the round – she played well Thursday so I hope that knee isn’t messing with her again.

Weather got in the way twice on Friday. A thirty-minute delay in the morning and another one of nearly an hour during the second half of the telecast put a damper on things, but everyone was able to finish Round Two before it got dark. Saturday’s forecast calls for showers most of the day – hopefully there won’t be any more significant delays.

During the delay, ESPN showed the end of last year's Michelob Ultra. Everyone remembers how that win springboarded Pettersen to her great season, but I had forgotten how heartbreaking it was to see Jee Young Lee three-putt from less than ten feet to lose on the third playoff hole. Jelly is T20 through the first two rounds this year, nine shots back going into the weekend.

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