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Tseng shoots 64 to take Ginn lead

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By MARK LONG
Associated Press

REUNION, Fla. – Lorena Ochoa will have to come from behind to win a fourth consecutive tournament.

Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 in the second round of the Ginn Open Friday, leaving her three strokes behind leader Yani Tseng.

Tseng moved to 12 under with a course-record 64. Suzann Pettersen (66) was 10 under, one shot ahead of Ochoa and Minea Blomqvist (66).

“I like coming from behind,” Ochoa said. “I don’t think you have the pressure to be on top for four days. I really like where I am right now. I feel comfortable where I am. It's nice to be a few shots behind.”

Ochoa missed every birdie putt she had during the first eight holes, but got things going on the par-5 ninth. She just missed the green with her second shot, chipped to 6 feet and then sank the putt.

She followed with four more on the back nine, including an up-and-down from a green-side bunker at No. 10 and a 20-footer from the fringe on the 13th.

She needed every one of them to stay close to Tseng, a rookie from Taiwan who earned her card in Q-School last year.

Tseng’s best round on the LPGA Tour was one stroke better than Cristie Kerr’s opening round at the Ginn in 2006. It also was three shots shy of her career low round, a 62 she shot as a junior in Indonesia. She ended that round with an eagle.

She finished with a disappointing bogey Friday.

Knowing a 62 was within reach, Tseng said she was “trying too hard the last three holes.” It really cost her on No. 18, when she pushed her tee shot into a bunker, had to lay up from there, then played a safe shot to the green that ended up 17 feet from the pin. She just missed the long par putt.

Nonetheless, Tseng was ecstatic with her round that included five consecutive birdies and seven putts of 10 feet or longer.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I feel I have a lot of confidence for my putting.”

Her entire game has been pretty solid this year. She ranks fifth in scoring average and has five top-25 finishes in as many starts.

She was second at the MasterCard Classic last month, 14th at the Safeway International and tied for 21st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Pettersen checked out the leaderboard at one point, saw Tseng at 13 under and thought, “What course is she playing?”

“I was a little surprised when I saw that number,” Pettersen said.

Tseng had hoped to start the third round in the final group with Ochoa. But Pettersen birdied her final hole – she just missed an eagle putt – and knocked Ochoa out of the closing threesome.

Now, Tseng will have to settle for watching Ochoa from afar. But given Ochoa's recent run, Tseng might get a pretty good show.

The world’s No. 1 player has won four of five starts this year – by a combined 34 shots – and has three straight victories. Two of those wins came after the 26-year-old Mexican trailed early. She overcame a three-shot deficit at the Safeway and was down a stroke after the opening round at the Kraft.

“Even when I’m winning, I try to think that I’m behind and try to play my own game and make a lot of birdies,” Ochoa said. “That’s the only way to keep good focus and play good.”

And playing from behind won't cause her to alter her easygoing demeanor.

“I always want to take everybody down,” she said. “I think you can do it with a smile on your face and be nice and talking to them. You don't have to be mean or rude.”

Divots: Annika Sorenstam (73) was 1 under, 11 shots off the lead. Both former Ginn champions, Mi Hyun Kim (2006) and Brittany Lincicome (2007), missed the cut. Kim was 2 over, and Lincicome 6 over. … Other notables who missed the cut: Laura Diaz, Kelli Kuehne and Se Ri Pak. … Tseng got some help with her short game this week, borrowing a putter from her coach, two-time PGA champion Dave Stockton. “I don’t want to return it to him,” she said.

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Ginn Open, played April 18 at the par-72, 6,505-yard GinnReunion (Fla.) Resort (Note: a-amateur):

1. Yani Tseng 68-64–132
-12 2. Suzann Pettersen 68-66–134
-10 3. Minea Blomqvist 69-66–135
-9 3. Lorena Ochoa 68-67–135
-9 5. Teresa Lu 67-69–136
-8 5. Carin Koch 67-69–136
-8 7. Young Kim 69-69–138
-6 7. Angela Stanford 70-68–138
-6 7. Juli Inkster 69-69–138
-6 10. Charlotte Mayorkas 68-71–139
-5 10. Cristie Kerr 70-69–139
-5 10. Karen Stupples 70-69–139
-5 13. Eun-Hee Ji 72-68–140
-4 13. Wendy Ward 71-69–140
-4 13. Michele Redman 71-69–140
-4 13. Stacy Prammanasudh 71-69–140
-4 13. Brittany Lang 69-71–140
-4 13. Jee Young Lee 74-66–140
-4 13. Lindsey Wright 69-71–140
-4 13. Sun Young Yoo 69-71–140
-4 13. Allison Fouch 68-72–140
-4 22. Jimin Kang 71-70–141
-3 22. Candie Kung 74-67–141
-3 22. Momoko Ueda 71-70–141
-3 22. Karrie Webb 68-73–141
-3 22. Song-Hee Kim 71-70–141
-3 22. Na Yeon Choi 72-69–141
-3 22. Inbee Park 73-68–141
-3 22. Kyeong Bae 69-72–141
-3 30. Janice Moodie 71-71–142
-2 30. Sarah Lee 73-69–142
-2 30. Candy Hannemann 71-71–142
-2 30. Seon Hwa Lee 72-70–142
-2 30. Jeong Jang 71-71–142
-2 30. Christina Kim 72-70–142
-2 30. Rachel Hetherington 73-69–142
-2 30. Morgan Pressel 72-70–142
-2 30. Meg Mallon 70-72–142
-2 30. Kristy McPherson 69-73–142
-2 30. Mikaela Parmlid 74-68–142
-2 41. Gloria Park 73-70–143
-1 41. Il Mi Chung 69-74–143
-1 41. Katie Futcher 69-74–143
-1 41. Tracy Hanson 72-71–143
-1 41. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 74-69–143
-1 41. Natalie Gulbis 73-70–143
-1 41. Hee-Won Han 72-71–143
-1 41. Grace Park 72-71–143
-1 41. Meena Lee 73-70–143
-1 41. Annika Sorenstam 70-73–143
-1 41. Ai Miyazato 70-73–143
-1 41. Kris Tamulis 71-72–143
-1 41. Karin Sjodin 72-71–143
-1 41. Amy Hung 70-73–143
-1 41. Mhairi McKay 68-75–143
-1 41. Becky Morgan 71-72–143
-1 57. Marisa Baena 71-73–144
E 57. Na On Min 73-71–144
E 57. Nicole Castrale 74-70–144
E 57. Julieta Granada 73-71–144
E 57. Laura Davies 70-74–144
E 57. Soo-Yun Kang 73-71–144
E 57. Diana D'Alessio 72-72–144
E 57. Moira Dunn 73-71–144
E 57. Becky Lucidi 76-68–144
E 57. Giulia Sergas 73-71–144
E 57. Kate Golden 75-69–144
E 68. Jimin Jeong 72-73–145 + 1 68. Wendy Doolan 72-73–145 + 1 68. Birdie Kim 75-70–145 + 1 68. H.J. Choi 76-69–145 + 1 68. Beth Bader 73-72–145 + 1 68. Audra Burks 73-72–145 + 1 68. Angela Park 74-71–145 + 1 68. Brandie Burton 72-73–145 + 1 68. Paula Creamer 72-73–145 + 1 68. Ji Young Oh 75-70–145 + 1 68. Russy Gulyanamitta 71-74–145 + 1 68. Erica Blasberg 76-69–145 + 1 68. Sherri Turner 73-72–145 + 1 68. Alena Sharp 73-72–145 + 1 68. Sarah Kemp 73-72–145 + 1 • • •

Missed the cut

83. Katherine Hull 72-74–146 + 2 83. Becky Iverson 74-72–146 + 2 83. Shi Hyun Ahn 74-72–146 + 2 83. Heather Daly-Donofrio 70-76–146 + 2 83. Sophie Gustafson 74-72–146 + 2 83. Jill McGill 69-77–146 + 2 83. Pat Hurst 70-76–146 + 2 83. Silvia Cavalleri 73-73–146 + 2 83. Jane Park 73-73–146 + 2 83. Mi Hyun Kim 74-72–146 + 2 83. Lorie Kane 74-72–146 + 2 83. Mollie Fankhauser 72-74–146 + 2 83. Reilley Rankin 74-72–146 + 2 83. Kelli Kuehne 72-74–146 + 2 83. Nicole Perrot 75-71–146 + 2 83. Leta Lindley 71-75–146 + 2 83. Johanna Head 73-73–146 + 2 83. Nancy Scranton 73-73–146 + 2 101. Miriam Nagl 76-71–147 + 3 101. Jan Stephenson 73-74–147 + 3 101. Emily Bastel 73-74–147 + 3 101. Meaghan Francella 75-72–147 + 3 101. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 74-73–147 + 3 101. Carolina Llano 79-68–147 + 3 101. Yu Ping Lin 72-75–147 + 3 108. Marcy Hart 75-73–148 + 4 108. Eva Dahllof 74-74–148 + 4 108. Helen Alfredsson 73-75–148 + 4 108. Karine Icher 72-76–148 + 4 108. Hee Young Park 73-75–148 + 4 108. Laura Diaz 74-74–148 + 4 108. Jin Joo Hong 73-75–148 + 4 108. Dina Ammaccapane 72-76–148 + 4 108. Linda Wessberg 78-70–148 + 4 117. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 74-75–149 + 5 117. Seo-Jae Lee 76-73–149 + 5 119. Sophie Giquel 78-72–150 + 6 119. Stephanie Sparks 75-75–150 + 6 119. Sandra Gal 74-76–150 + 6 119. Violeta Retamoza 76-74–150 + 6 119. Jamie Hullett 75-75–150 + 6 119. Young-A Yang 75-75–150 + 6 119. Catriona Matthew 76-74–150 + 6 119. Sung Ah Yim 79-71–150 + 6 119. Brittany Lincicome 74-76–150 + 6 128. Liz Janangelo 77-74–151 + 7 128. Jennifer Rosales 75-76–151 + 7 128. Maria Hjorth 77-74–151 + 7 128. Louise Friberg 77-74–151 + 7 128. Meredith Duncan 79-72–151 + 7 128. Su A Kim 77-74–151 + 7 128. Kim Hall 76-75–151 + 7 128. Danielle Downey 69-82–151 + 7 128. Carri Wood 74-77–151 + 7 137. Nina Reis 80-72–152 + 8 137. Seol-An Jeon 76-76–152 + 8 139. Shanshan Feng 75-78–153 + 9 139. a-Lindy Duncan 79-74–153 + 9 139. Se Ri Pak 76-77–153 + 9 142. Liselotte Neumann 80-74–154 + 10 143. Dorothy Delasin 74-81–155 + 11 144. Michelle McGann 78-83–161 + 17

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