Morgan Pressel equaled the low round of the day with a 65 to reach -10 and lead the Wegmans LPGA by one shot over Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen, who also fired a 65, is alone in second place with Inbee Park and Ai Miyazato tied for third at -8.
After starting her round with six pars, Pressel birdied six of the next eight holes. Pettersen opened with bogey at 1 then birdied seven out of ten including four in a row (8-11). UPDATE: Suzann started at #10 so that description isn't correct but she did blitz most of the course's front nine. Neither Park nor Miyazato was able to go bogeyless as they did Thursday but they both birdied five times to post their second straight scores of 68. Christina Kim eagled 17 en route to 67 to move into a tie for fifth with Cristie Kerr, whose 70 dropped her four shots from the top. Meena Lee was the third player to shoot 65 on Friday – good enough to reach T7 along with Jeong Jang and a surprising Karin Sjodin. Lorena Ochoa only managed a 70 and is currently at -2 T17.
They must have played lift-clean-place again today (I haven’t seen the coverage yet to confirm this) because the cut didn’t climb at all. The +1 number shut out Jee Young Lee, Brittany Lang, Lindsey Wright, Karen Stupples and Juli Inkster while just missing Annika Sorenstam (avoiding her third MC in nine years), Song-Hee Kim (a 77 nearly did her in), Maria Hjorth and Laura Davies, whose 66 rescued her weekend.
I don’t usually give shout-outs until after the event but I’d like to make some exceptions here. Shanshan Feng, the rookie from China, and Marcy Hart each made their third cut of the year today and Jennifer Rosales made her fourth. Here’s hoping that all three can get their best finish of 2008 this week.