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Ochoa overcomes ‘rookie mistake’

By MARK LONG
Associated Press

REUNION, Fla. – Lorena Ochoa's drive sailed right and landed under a folding chair. All she had to do was mark the ball, then drop it a few feet away.

Somehow, someway, she skipped the most important step.

Ochoa forgot to mark her ball before picking it up. It cost her a one-stroke penalty and probably the outright lead in the Ginn Open.

“It was a rookie mistake,” Ochoa said.

She followed with a veteran move. The 25-year-old Mexican star didn't let the error affect the rest of her round, making birdie on seven of her final 12 holes to shoot a second consecutive 6-under 66 and tie Laura Davies for the lead.

Davies, the 43-year-old English star who won the last of her 20 LPGA Tour titles in 2001, has also shot two 66s. They were at 12-under 132, three shots ahead of Natalie Gulbis (66) and five strokes ahead of defending champion Mi Hyun Kim (69).

Davies had three birdies and two eagles in her second round. She has three of the tournament's eight eagles, but neither was a gimme Friday. She made a 16-foot putt on the par-5 17th and a 20-footer on No. 3.

Davis made four putts from at least 10 feet Friday.

Ochoa, meanwhile, sank a snaking 35-footer on No. 18 to cap her round. She ended birdie-birdie-birdie – a fantastic finish after a somewhat silly start.

The trouble came on the 518-yard, par-5 third. Her tee shot went way right and landed under a chair. Playing partner Brittany Lincicome told her she could mark the ball and then take a drop.

Ochoa decided to mark it, but then inadvertently forgot to do it before picking up the ball.

“To be honest, I'm very disappointed with myself,” Ochoa said. “I think I rushed a little bit. … I should know better. This is my fifth year on tour. But you learn, and I guess I need to take more time and try to talk through what I'm going to do with my caddie and just try to make sure I make the best decision out of something like that.”

Following the penalty, Ochoa hit her third shot back into the fairway. Her fourth came up short of the green. She then chipped to 25 feet and two-putted for a double-bogey 7.

She could have gotten flustered or harried. Instead, she regrouped with three consecutive pars before getting into a real groove the rest of the way.

“I really didn't get angry or anything,” Ochoa said. “I just thought, 'There's a lot of holes left and you're going to be fine.' I'm glad the way I finished.”

Ochoa, a six-time winner on tour last year, will play in the final pairing Saturday with Davies. Ochoa is looking to take over the No. 1 spot in the women's world golf rankings, trying to supplant injured star Annika Sorenstam.

Sorenstam withdrew from the tournament Thursday because of a ruptured disk and a bulging disk in her back. She traveled to Miami to see a neurosurgeon later in the day. She returned to her Reunion golf academy Friday and was wearing a neck brace, but there was no update on her condition.

Sorenstam wasn't the only notable out of the tournament following Friday's cut, which was at 2 over.

Morgan Pressel, who became the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history with her victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship two weeks ago, shot 75-72 and missed the cut.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Ginn Open, played April 13 at the par-72, 6,505-yard Reunion Resort & Club in Reunion, Fla. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Laura Davies 66-66–132 -12
    1. Lorena Ochoa 66-66–132 -12
    3. Natalie Gulbis 69-66–135 -9
    4. Mi Hyun Kim 68-69–137 -7
    5. Suzann Pettersen 70-69–139 -5
    5. Nicole Castrale 70-69–139 -5
    5. Brittany Lincicome 67-72–139 -5
    5. Se Ri Pak 69-70–139 -5
    9. Carri Wood 71-69–140 -4
    9. Christina Kim 73-67–140 -4
    9. Seon-Hwa Lee 71-69–140 -4
    9. Tracy Hanson 70-70–140 -4
    9. Karin Sjodin 74-66–140 -4
    14. Juli Inkster 70-71–141 -3
    14. Meena Lee 72-69–141 -3
    14. Carin Koch 70-71–141 -3
    14. Jee Young Lee 73-68–141 -3
    14. Sherri Turner 68-73–141 -3
    19. Virada Nirapathpongporn 71-71–142 -2
    19. Ji-Young Oh 73-69–142 -2
    19. Katherine Hull 73-69–142 -2
    19. Lindsey Wright 70-72–142 -2
    19. Hye Jung Choi 69-73–142 -2
    19. Liselotte Neumann 72-70–142 -2
    19. Charlotte Mayorkas 72-70–142 -2
    19. Sarah Lee 73-69–142 -2
    27. Alena Sharp 74-69–143 -1
    27. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 73-70–143 -1
    27. Sarah Lynn Sargent 69-74–143 -1
    27. Silvia Cavalleri 76-67–143 -1
    27. Allison Hanna-Williams 73-70–143 -1
    27. Clarissa Childs 72-71–143 -1
    27. Amy Hung 73-70–143 -1
    27. Heather Young 70-73–143 -1
    27. Birdie Kim 74-69–143 -1
    27. Pat Hurst 75-68–143 -1
    27. Meaghan Francella 71-72–143 -1
    27. Laura Diaz 71-72–143 -1
    27. Shi Hyun Ahn 70-73–143 -1
    27. Il Mi Chung 71-72–143 -1
    27. Michelle Ellis 71-72–143 -1
    27. In-Kyung Kim 69-74–143 -1
    27. Angela Park 73-70–143 -1
    44. Mikaela Parmlid 75-69–144 E
    44. Moira Dunn 70-74–144 E
    44. Cristie Kerr 72-72–144 E
    44. Meg Mallon 71-73–144 E
    44. Paula Creamer 74-70–144 E
    44. Ai Miyazato 72-72–144 E
    44. Sherri Steinhauer 74-70–144 E
    44. Stacy Prammanasudh 72-72–144 E
    44. Jamie Hullett 73-71–144 E
    44. Na Ri Kim 68-76–144 E
    44. Ashley Hoagland 73-71–144 E
    44. Reilley Rankin 69-75–144 E
    44. Dorothy Delasin 73-71–144 E
    57. Kristy McPherson 71-74–145 +1
    57. Kyeong Bae 72-73–145 +1
    57. Becky Morgan 74-71–145 +1
    57. Diana D'Alessio 70-75–145 +1
    57. Joo Mi Kim 72-73–145 +1
    62. Mhairi McKay 75-71–146 +2
    62. Katie Futcher 72-74–146 +2
    62. Hilary Lunke 72-74–146 +2
    62. Marisa Baena 73-73–146 +2
    62. Grace Park 73-73–146 +2
    62. Jimin Kang 73-73–146 +2
    62. Catriona Matthew 74-72–146 +2
    62. Karrie Webb 72-74–146 +2
    62. Brandie Burton 72-74–146 +2
    62. Angela Stanford 76-70–146 +2
    62. Jeong Jang 74-72–146 +2
    62. Wendy Ward 74-72–146 +2
    62. Gloria Park 74-72–146 +2
    62. Kim Saiki-Maloney 75-71–146 +2
    62. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 75-71–146 +2
    62. Maria Hjorth 76-70–146 +2
    62. Minea Blomqvist 69-77–146 +2
    62. Sun Young Yoo 73-73–146 +2
    62. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 72-74–146 +2
    62. Tina Barrett 69-77–146 +2
    62. Beth Bader 73-73–146 +2

Missed the cut

  1. Janice Moodie 73-74–147 +3
    83. Marcy Hart 71-76–147 +3
    83. A.J. Eathorne 72-75–147 +3
    83. Song-Hee Kim 73-74–147 +3
    83. Jill McGill 73-74–147 +3
    83. Yu Ping Lin 72-75–147 +3
    83. Sophie Gustafson 74-73–147 +3
    83. Morgan Pressel 75-72–147 +3
    83. Michele Redman 74-73–147 +3
    83. Helen Alfredsson 76-71–147 +3
    83. Paige Mackenzie 74-73–147 +3
    83. Soo Young Moon 74-73–147 +3
    95. a-Vicky Hurst 73-75–148 +4
    95. Nina Reis 76-72–148 +4
    95. Kim Williams 72-76–148 +4
    95. Karine Icher 76-72–148 +4
    95. Julieta Granada 73-75–148 +4
    95. Sae-Hee Son 74-74–148 +4
    95. Heather Daly-Donofrio 74-74–148 +4
    102. Becky Iverson 71-78–149 +5
    102. Nancy Scranton 77-72–149 +5
    102. Aree Song 73-76–149 +5
    102. Kimberly Hall 77-72–149 +5
    102. Jin Joo Hong 73-76–149 +5
    102. Kris Tamulis 77-72–149 +5
    102. Maru Martinez 72-77–149 +5
    102. Teresa Lu 76-73–149 +5
    102. Kate Golden 74-75–149 +5
    102. Leta Lindley 73-76–149 +5
    102. Johanna Head 76-73–149 +5
    113. Young-A Yang 74-76–150 +6
    113. Candy Hannemann 77-73–150 +6
    113. Brittany Lang 75-75–150 +6
    113. Dawn Coe-Jones 75-75–150 +6
    113. Rachel Hetherington 78-72–150 +6
    113. Lorie Kane 76-74–150 +6
    113. Erica Blasberg 75-75–150 +6
    120. Kelly Robbins 76-75–151 +7
    120. Soo-Yun Kang 75-76–151 +7
    120. Nadina Light 74-77–151 +7
    120. Young Jo 77-74–151 +7
    120. Irene Cho 74-77–151 +7
    120. Wendy Doolan 76-75–151 +7
    126. Ashley Gomes 79-73–152 +8
    126. Giulia Sergas 75-77–152 +8
    126. Sung Ah Yim 76-76–152 +8
    126. Kelli Kuehne 77-75–152 +8
    130. Nicole Perrot 74-79–153 +9
    130. Stephanie Louden 73-80–153 +9
    130. Christi Cano 75-78–153 +9
    130. In-Bee Park 79-74–153 +9
    134. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 76-80–156 +12
    135. Danielle Ammaccapane 79-78–157 +13
    135. Riko Higashio 76-81–157 +13
    137. Michelle McGann 83-75–158 +14
    138. Seo-Yeon Jeon 82-77–159 +15
    139. Laurie Rinker 86-75–161 +17
    140. Nancy Lopez 83-80–163 +19

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