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Pettersen, Lang share lead at Kapalua

By JAYMES SONG
Associated Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii – While Kapalua is making its LPGA Tour debut, Brittany Lang is experienced at handling its challenging tradewinds and tricky greens.

Lang shot a 1-under 71 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Suzann Pettersen in the inaugural Kapalua LPGA Classic.

Last December, the former Duke star played the Bay Course four times while on a trip to Maui with one of her sponsors.

“I got to play in way more wind than this, so this seems easy,” she said. “I learned every hole and knew where we were playing from and go t a feel for the greens.”

Lang stayed aggressive despite the breezes that frustrated many players, birdieing Nos. 11 and 13 to match Pettersen (72) at 4-under 140.

“I just left too many putts out there,” Pettersen said. “I would have been happy even with 2 or 3 under. .. But I'm in a great position. I didn't lose any ground.”

The morning groups enjoyed calmer conditions with the tradewinds again picking up in the afternoon. Early rain softened the slick greens at the Bay Course and the overcast conditions provided some relief from the sun.

“I grew up playing in the wind, and it doesn't seem to bother me that much,” Lang said.

Annika Sorenstam followed her opening 77 with a 70 to make it to the weekend.

Making one of her last competitive appearances before leaving the tour at the end of the year, Sorenstam needed an eagle to get to 3-over 147 – the cut was at 4 over.

The 72-time LPGA Tour winner hasn't missed a cut since the 2006 Michelob Ultra.

Canadian Alena Sharp (67) and Laura Diaz (71) were 3 under along with South Koreans Sun Young Yoo (71), Jee Young Lee (70), Ji Young Oh (71) and Il Mi Chung.

“It's tough with the wind,” said Sharp, who had the day's best round. “You have to hang in there and hit the ball low and pick good targets off the tee and into the greens.”

The 23-year-old Lang has four top-10 finishes this year including a fifth-place tie last week at the Longs Drugs Challenge. She also tied for second at the Sybase Classic, but she has never played in a final group.

“I wasn't in the final group at any of the tournaments with all the cameras and everything on you in the final group,” she said. “So I've never had all eyes on me, and I want to learn how to be comfortable in that position.”

Lang couldn't take advantage of the three par 5s on the back nine. She did sink a 25-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 11th and hit a gap wedge to 8 feet for another birdie on the par-4 13th to reach 5 under and open a two-stroke advantage.

But she lost a stroke when she chunked her shot out of the fairway bunker on the par-4 16th. Pettersen then birdied 15 to tie Lang for the lead.

Pettersen was steady but couldn't get much going with a bogey and birdie on each side. The Norwegian star is seeking her first LPGA Tour victory this year after winning five times in 2007, including the LPGA Championship.

She caught a break when her drive on No. 14 sailed right and landed inside the cart of Golf Channel announcer Kay Cockerill, which prevented the ball from traveling past the cart path and near some trees.

“Don't complain,” her caddie said. “That was a good break.”

Pettersen was given a drop from the spot and her second shot safely reached the green.

“That wasn't the best drive. I didn't aim for (the cart),” she said.

The 37-year-old Sorenstam began the day on No. 10 and dropped to 6 over with a three-putt bogey on No. 11. She shook her head and stared at the cup in disbelief.

She got some momentum when she swirled in a 30-foot bending putt for eagle on the par-5 18th to make the turn at 4 over. She shot her arms in the air as the fans roared.

The Swede added a birdie on No. 7 to reach 3 under.

Sorenstam played alongside top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who put herself into contention with a 69 that left her three strokes off the lead at 1 under. Ochoa, seeking her eight victory of the season, was sailing through her round with five birdies and one bogey until she hit into the rocks on her 13th hole en route to a double bogey.

“One bad hole, but the rest were very solid,” said Ochoa, who was cheered on by a few Mexican-flag waving fans. “I'm in the red numbers in good position for the weekend.”

Ochoa opened the day by dropping a 25-foot putt for birdie put on the par-5 10th and hit a wedge to 4 feet on No. 14 to get back to even for the tournament. She also tapped in for birdie four holes later after her long eagle attempt lipped out.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the KapaluaLPGA Classic, played Oct. 17 at the par-72, 6,273-yard Bay Course atKapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii:

1. Brittany Lang 69-71–140

-4 1. Suzann Pettersen 68-72–140

-4 3. Alena Sharp 74-67–141

-3 3. Sun Young Yoo 70-71–141

-3 3. Laura Diaz 70-71–141

-3 3. Jee Young Lee 71-70–141

-3 3. Ji Young Oh 70-71–141

-3 3. Il Mi Chung 73-68–141

-3 9. Candie Kung 72-70–142

-2 9. Seon Hwa Lee 73-69–142

-2 11. Na Ri Kim 74-69–143

-1 11. Moira Dunn 74-69–143

-1 11. Tracy Hanson 69-74–143

-1 11. Carin Koch 72-71–143

-1 11. Helen Alfredsson 72-71–143

-1 11. Lorena Ochoa 74-69–143

-1 11. Becky Morgan 72-71–143

-1 11. Cristie Kerr 71-72–143

-1 19. Young-A Yang 73-71–144

E 19. Jamie Hullett 72-72–144

E 19. Wendy Ward 73-71–144

E 19. Eun-Hee Ji 73-71–144

E 19. Morgan Pressel 72-72–144

E 19. Angela Stanford 71-73–144

E 19. Juli Inkster 72-72–144

E 19. Heather Daly-Donofrio 72-72–144

E 27. Sophie Giquel 74-71–145
+ 1 27. Allison Fouch 72-73–145
+ 1 27. Meena Lee 73-72–145
+ 1 27. Sophie Gustafson 71-74–145
+ 1 27. Anna Rawson 70-75–145
+ 1 32. Stacy Lewis 73-73–146
+ 2 32. Sarah Jane Kenyon 72-74–146
+ 2 32. Amy Hung 74-72–146
+ 2 32. Karine Icher 74-72–146
+ 2 32. Janice Moodie 74-72–146
+ 2 32. Brandie Burton 70-76–146
+ 2 32. Katherine Hull 73-73–146
+ 2 32. Karrie Webb 75-71–146
+ 2 32. Yani Tseng 72-74–146
+ 2 32. Michele Redman 72-74–146
+ 2 32. Jane Park 74-72–146
+ 2 32. Kristy McPherson 70-76–146
+ 2 32. Momoko Ueda 73-73–146
+ 2 32. Beth Bader 76-70–146
+ 2 32. A.J. Eathorne 73-73–146
+ 2 32. Heather Young 72-74–146
+ 2 32. Karin Sjodin 71-75–146
+ 2 49. Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 76-71–147
+ 3 49. Charlotte Mayorkas 72-75–147
+ 3 49. Gloria Park 75-72–147
+ 3 49. Carri Wood 73-74–147
+ 3 49. Louise Friberg 73-74–147
+ 3 49. Diana D'Alessio 73-74–147
+ 3 49. Annika Sorenstam 77-70–147
+ 3 49. Maria Hjorth 73-74–147
+ 3 49. Christina Kim 73-74–147
+ 3 49. Laura Davies 76-71–147
+ 3 49. Linda Wessberg 76-71–147
+ 3 49. Johanna Head 71-76–147
+ 3 49. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 72-75–147
+ 3 62. Aree Song 76-72–148
+ 4 62. Katie Futcher 71-77–148
+ 4 62. Kris Tamulis 74-74–148
+ 4 62. Rachel Hetherington 77-71–148
+ 4 62. Teresa Lu 73-75–148
+ 4 62. Ai Miyazato 74-74–148
+ 4 62. Na On Min 72-76–148
+ 4 62. Sherri Turner 72-76–148
+ 4 62. Virada Nirapathpongporn 72-76–148
+ 4 • • •

Missed the cut

71. Marcy Hart 75-74–149
+ 5 71. Taylor Leon 74-75–149
+ 5 71. Pat Hurst 71-78–149
+ 5 71. Jill McGill 76-73–149
+ 5 71. Hee-Won Han 71-78–149
+ 5 71. Eva Dahllof 73-76–149
+ 5 71. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72-77–149
+ 5 71. Michelle Ellis 75-74–149
+ 5 71. Mikaela Parmlid 73-76–149
+ 5 80. Paige Mackenzie 78-72–150
+ 6 80. Lisa Strom 78-72–150
+ 6 80. Giulia Sergas 75-75–150
+ 6 80. Lindsey Wright 77-73–150
+ 6 80. Jimin Kang 77-73–150
+ 6 80. Stacy Prammanasudh 72-78–150
+ 6 80. Becky Lucidi 71-79–150
+ 6 80. Cindy Rarick 74-76–150
+ 6 80. Charlotta Sorenstam 77-73–150
+ 6 89. Su A Kim 76-75–151
+ 7 89. Candy Hannemann 78-73–151
+ 7 89. Julieta Granada 80-71–151
+ 7 89. Meaghan Francella 74-77–151
+ 7 89. Brittany Lincicome 75-76–151
+ 7 89. Nicole Castrale 77-74–151
+ 7 89. Anna Grzebien 76-75–151
+ 7 89. Liselotte Neumann 79-72–151
+ 7 89. Irene Cho 76-75–151
+ 7 89. Danielle Downey 74-77–151
+ 7 89. Liz Janangelo 72-79–151
+ 7 89. Dorothy Delasin 73-78–151
+ 7 89. Seo-Jae Lee 75-76–151
+ 7 89. Carolina Llano 76-75–151
+ 7 103. Sarah Lee 77-75–152
+ 8 103. Kate Golden 76-76–152
+ 8 103. Minea Blomqvist 79-73–152
+ 8 103. Sung Ah Yim 75-77–152
+ 8 103. Meredith Duncan 76-76–152
+ 8 103. Sarah Kemp 76-76–152
+ 8 109. Kelli Kuehne 78-75–153
+ 9 109. Jennifer Rosales 75-78–153
+ 9 109. Erica Blasberg 76-77–153
+ 9 109. Silvia Cavalleri 77-76–153
+ 9 113. Kim Hall 77-77–154
+ 10 113. Christa Johnson 78-76–154
+ 10 113. Mollie Fankhauser 78-76–154
+ 10 113. Stephanie Louden 76-78–154
+ 10 113. Reilley Rankin 77-77–154
+ 10 118. Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 77-78–155
+ 11 118. Lorie Kane 77-78–155
+ 11 118. Michelle McGann 77-78–155
+ 11 118. Wendy Doolan 78-77–155
+ 11 122. Allison Hanna-Williams 78-79–157
+ 13 122. Violeta Retamoza 79-78–157
+ 13 122. Ashli Bunch 78-79–157
+ 13 122. Dawn Coe-Jones 79-78–157
+ 13 126. Emily Bastel 81-77–158
+ 14 127. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 81-78–159
+ 15 128. Dina Ammaccapane 78-82–160
+ 16 WD. Eunjung Yi 77–WD

WD. Sandra Gal 79–WD

WD. Russy Gulyanamitta 82–WD

WD. Angela Park 82–WD

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