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Webb tied atop Ginn; Sorenstam lurks

By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Karrie Webb continued to show off her Hall of Fame style Friday at the Ginn Tribute — and just in time, Annika Sorenstam did, too.

Webb shot a 66 and shared the lead at 13-under with Sophie Gustafson (65) after two rounds of the LPGA tournament.

Sorenstam also had a 66, her lowest score in six career rounds at RiverTowne Country Club, and moved from a tie for 60th Thursday into a tie for eighth.

Sorenstam was seven shots behind, but at least she still was part of the tournament that she hosts — something that looked doubtful midway through Friday’s round.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Sorenstam, like Webb a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame. “I’m pleased. I made some putts and I could’ve gone lower.”

Sorenstam has had her troubles playing as tournament host.

In 2007, the Ginn Tribute was her first event back from nearly two months with back and neck injuries. Predictably, she struggled and tied for 36th, closing in very un-Annika-like fashion with a 74-76 on the weekend.

This time, she dug herself a hole Thursday with a bogey and triple bogey in her first five holes and was seven shots off the lead.

The tournament lost the world’s best player when Lorena Ochoa withdrew to be with her uncle, who died in Mexico, according to Ochoa’s Web site.

Losing Sorenstam would have been an additional blow to the second-year event, and that seemed likely with Sorenstam stuck on even par and without a birdie through eight holes Friday.

Then Sorenstam turned on the game that’s won her three LPGA titles this season, and 72 in her career. She had birdies on six of her final 10 holes, a charge that had her focused on just one thing.

“I am thinking about playing well on the weekend,” she said.

That’s a must if Sorenstam hopes to catch Webb and Gustafson, who finished with a tournament record-low 131 through 36 holes.

Teresa Lu (67) and Inbee Park (68) were next, tied at 9-under. Suzann Pettersen (65), defending champ of next week’s major, the LPGA Championship, was in a group of three another stroke behind.

Webb, who’s got 35 LPGA wins of her own, made eagle on the par-5 third hole for the second consecutive round and added six birdies to stay on top. It was her best best LPGA two-round total since starting the 2005 Wendy’s Championship at 133.

Webb fell two shots behind Gustafson after her first bogey of the tournament, then reeled off three straight birdies on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes — Webb started on the back nine — to again move in front.

Another mistake on the easy par-3 second cost Webb another bogey and again put her two behind Gustafson.

Once more, Webb bounded back. She stuck a 3-wood about 18-feet away on the third and rolled home the eagle putt. Two holes later, Webb landed a 7-iron within 2 feet for a birdie, then converted a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 6.

Webb likes her play and position for the weekend.

“I haven’t shot 65-66 consecutively for quite some time,” said Webb, who’s won 35 LPGA Tour events but none since 2006. “I’m not counting my chickens, of course, but I like the position I’m in.”

Gustafson’s also pleased after her lowest round of the season. A runner up to Ochoa at the Sybase, Gustafson hadn’t felt confident in her game during practice at RiverTowne this week.

Even after her opening 66, Gustafson wasn’t comfortable with her play. That changed on Friday, although Gustafson can’t explain why.

“It’s better than after yesterday’s round,” she said. “It was much more solid today.”

Gustafson birdied two of her final three holes, the seventh and the ninth, to tie Webb.

Divots: Defending champion Nicole Castrale (144) was among the 75 golfers who made cut at even par. … Among those who didn’t was last week’s LPGA Corning Classic winner Leta Lindley, who finished 2-over. … Laura Davies turned things around at the par-3 17th. A day after taking a quadruple bogey 7, Davies knocked in a short putt for birdie. Davies, though, missed the cut at 6-over.

Scores with relation to par from the second round of the Ginn Tributehosted by ANNIKA, played May 30 at the par-72 6,459-yard RiverTowneCountry Club in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Sophie Gustafson 66-65–131

    -13 1. Karrie Webb 65-66–131

    -13 3. Teresa Lu 68-67–135

    -9 3. Inbee Park 67-68–135

    -9 5. Suzann Pettersen 71-65–136

    -8 5. Na Yeon Choi 69-67–136

    -8 5. Hee Young Park 71-65–136

    -8 8. Seon Hwa Lee 68-70–138

    -6 8. Jane Park 68-70–138

    -6 8. Minea Blomqvist 69-69–138

    -6 8. Lorie Kane 70-68–138

    -6 8. Annika Sorenstam 72-66–138

    -6 8. Mi Hyun Kim 67-71–138

    -6 8. Sun Young Yoo 70-68–138

    -6 8. Giulia Sergas 67-71–138

    -6 8. Taylor Leon 73-65–138

    -6 17. Il Mi Chung 71-68–139

    -5 17. Soo-Yun Kang 71-68–139

    -5 17. Morgan Pressel 70-69–139

    -5 17. Meena Lee 69-70–139

    -5 17. Natalie Gulbis 71-68–139

    -5 17. Candie Kung 71-68–139

    -5 17. Juli Inkster 69-70–139

    -5 17. Song-Hee Kim 68-71–139

    -5 25. Stacy Prammanasudh 71-69–140

    -4 25. Yani Tseng 69-71–140

    -4 25. Christina Kim 73-67–140

    -4 25. Momoko Ueda 72-68–140

    -4 25. Cristie Kerr 67-73–140

    -4 25. Jeong Jang 69-71–140

    -4 25. Se Ri Pak 73-67–140

    -4 25. Silvia Cavalleri 72-68–140

    -4 25. Kris Tamulis 70-70–140

    -4 34. Ai Miyazato 70-71–141

    -3 34. H.J. Choi 67-74–141

    -3 34. Ji Young Oh 69-72–141

    -3 34. Young-A Yang 70-71–141

    -3 34. In-Kyung Kim 65-76–141

    -3 34. Amy Hung 69-72–141

    -3 34. Jee Young Lee 70-71–141

    -3 34. Rachel Hetherington 72-69–141

    -3 34. Laura Diaz 70-71–141

    -3 34. Pat Hurst 70-71–141

    -3 34. Catriona Matthew 73-68–141

    -3 34. Lindsey Wright 72-69–141

    -3 34. Carin Koch 71-70–141

    -3 34. Karin Sjodin 74-67–141

    -3 34. Carri Wood 73-68–141

    -3 34. Angela Park 72-69–141

    -3 34. Mhairi McKay 70-71–141

    -3 51. Mikaela Parmlid 68-74–142

    -2 51. Becky Iverson 71-71–142

    -2 51. Heather Young 67-75–142

    -2 51. Brittany Lang 72-70–142

    -2 51. Karen Stupples 69-73–142

    -2 51. Michele Redman 71-71–142

    -2 57. Candy Hannemann 73-70–143

    -1 57. Liz Janangelo 73-70–143

    -1 57. Russy Gulyanamitta 71-72–143

    -1 57. Dina Ammaccapane 71-72–143

    -1 57. Paula Creamer 69-74–143

    -1 57. Sherri Turner 73-70–143

    -1 57. Johanna Head 70-73–143

    -1 57. Diana D'Alessio 73-70–143

    -1 57. Marisa Baena 71-72–143

    -1 66. Jimin Kang 69-75–144

    E 66. Kristy McPherson 68-76–144

    E 66. Sandra Gal 71-73–144

    E 66. Nicole Castrale 71-73–144

    E 66. Allison Fouch 67-77–144

    E 66. Helen Alfredsson 73-71–144

    E 66. Jin Joo Hong 73-71–144

    E 66. Brandie Burton 73-71–144

    E 66. Tracy Hanson 70-74–144

    E 66. Kim Hall 75-69–144

    E • • •

    Missed the cut

    76. Carolina Llano 72-73–145
    + 1 76. Linda Wessberg 69-76–145
    + 1 76. Beth Bader 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Nancy Scranton 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Jamie Hullett 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 72-73–145
    + 1 76. Katie Futcher 71-74–145
    + 1 76. Leta Lindley 71-74–145
    + 1 76. Julieta Granada 72-73–145
    + 1 76. Louise Friberg 72-73–145
    + 1 76. Sherri Steinhauer 75-70–145
    + 1 76. Young Kim 69-76–145
    + 1 76. Jill McGill 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Becky Lucidi 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Jennifer Rosales 74-71–145
    + 1 76. Reilley Rankin 74-71–145
    + 1 76. Gloria Park 73-72–145
    + 1 76. Mollie Fankhauser 72-73–145
    + 1 94. Anna Grzebien 75-71–146
    + 2 94. Eun-Hee Ji 74-72–146
    + 2 94. Dorothy Delasin 77-69–146
    + 2 94. Heather Daly-Donofrio 72-74–146
    + 2 94. Danielle Downey 74-72–146
    + 2 99. Emily Bastel 74-73–147
    + 3 99. Na On Min 73-74–147
    + 3 99. Wendy Ward 74-73–147
    + 3 99. Seo-Jae Lee 74-73–147
    + 3 99. Karine Icher 73-74–147
    + 3 99. Kyeong Bae 71-76–147
    + 3 105. Su A Kim 74-74–148
    + 4 105. *Alison Whitaker 73-75–148
    + 4 105. Charlotte Mayorkas 72-76–148
    + 4 108. Irene Cho 75-74–149
    + 5 108. Meredith Duncan 77-72–149
    + 5 108. Liselotte Neumann 72-77–149
    + 5 108. Maria Hjorth 76-73–149
    + 5 108. Miriam Nagl 76-73–149
    + 5 108. Erica Blasberg 77-72–149
    + 5 108. Sarah Kemp 76-73–149
    + 5 108. Moira Dunn 73-76–149
    + 5 116. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 75-75–150
    + 6 116. Katherine Hull 75-75–150
    + 6 116. Michelle Ellis 77-73–150
    + 6 116. Laura Davies 76-74–150
    + 6 116. Sung Ah Yim 77-73–150
    + 6 116. Angela Stanford 76-74–150
    + 6 116. Hee-Won Han 78-72–150
    + 6 116. Eva Dahllof 76-74–150
    + 6 116. Birdie Kim 79-71–150
    + 6 116. Alena Sharp 76-74–150
    + 6 126. Jan Stephenson 74-77–151
    + 7 126. Seol-An Jeon 74-77–151
    + 7 126. Meaghan Francella 74-77–151
    + 7 126. Wendy Doolan 77-74–151
    + 7 130. Sarah Lee 78-74–152
    + 8 130. Virada Nirapathpongporn 80-72–152
    + 8 130. Grace Park 76-76–152
    + 8 130. Michelle McGann 75-77–152
    + 8 134. Sophie Giquel 79-74–153
    + 9 134. Kate Golden 73-80–153
    + 9 134. Kelli Kuehne 76-77–153
    + 9 137. Violeta Retamoza 77-77–154
    + 10 137. Ashleigh Simon 78-76–154
    + 10 139. Lisa Strom 81-74–155
    + 11 139. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 76-79–155
    + 11 141. Dawn Coe-Jones 83-79–162
    + 18 WD. Danielle Ammaccapane WD

    WD. Shanshan Feng WD

    WD. Shi Hyun Ahn WD

    DQ. Brittany Lincicome DQ

    DNS. Yu Ping Lin DNS

    DNS. Paige Mackenzie DNS

    DNS. Janice Moodie DNS

    DNS. Becky Morgan DNS

    DNS. Lorena Ochoa DNS

    DNS. Nina Reis DNS

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