Ueda ties Davies at Mizuno Classic

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SHIMA, Japan — This was something new for Laura Davies — a two-stroke penalty for putting from the wrong place. The penalty dropped her into a tie for the lead Saturday with Momoko Ueda at the Mizuno Classic.

“I’m just angry that this happened,” Davies said. “This is my 20th year on tour and it’s never happened.”

The 44-year-old British player looked set to maintain her lead, but the penalty gave her a double-bogey on the par-4 14th. She settled for a par 72 and a tie with Ueda, who shot a 67. Both are at 7-under 137 after two rounds.

“I could have a three-, four-shot lead right now quite easily, which is just rotten really,” Davies said. “I didn’t make another birdie coming in, and now I’m tied for the lead instead of being two, three, four ahead. Very, very disappointed.”

LPGA vice president Doug Brecht explained the ruling on the putt, citing rule 20-7. He said Davies marked her ball and was then asked to move her mark because it was in a competitor’s line. He said Davies forgot to move her mark back and putted from the spot to which she had moved her mark.

“Laura played from a wrong place,” he said. “She was penalized two shots and then continued to play from where she played from the wrong place.”

Davies, who had a one-stroke lead after the first round, is bidding for her first win in Japan since taking the Itoen Ladies title for a fourth time in 2001. Ueda had six birdies and one bogey.

“It was a good round; I can’t say it was perfect. I missed a few shots,” Ueda said. “But I kept myself calm and patient like the advice I got from my caddie.”

American Reilley Rankin, Sweden’s Maria Hjorth and Japan’s Mie Nakata are one stroke behind the leaders in the $1.4 million tournament at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.

Karrie Webb, who came from behind to snap Annika Sorenstam’s Mizuno Classic winning streak at five last year, is tied for 61st after a 76. Sorenstam is taking the week off.

Japanese star Ai Miyazato shot a 72 and is tied for 61st.

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Mizuno Classic, played Nov. 3 at the par-72, 6,506-yardKashikojima Country Club in Shima-Shi, Japan:

  1. Momoko Ueda 70-67--137

    -7 1. Laura Davies 65-72--137

    -7 3. Maria Hjorth 70-68--138

    -6 3. Mie Nakata 68-70--138

    -6 3. Reilley Rankin 66-72--138

    -6 6. Jeong Jang 69-70--139

    -5 6. Erina Hara 67-72--139

    -5 6. Chie Arimura 66-73--139

    -5 9. Shinobu Moromizato 71-70--141

    -3 9. Jee Young Lee 70-71--141

    -3 9. Becky Morgan 70-71--141

    -3 9. Bo Bae Song 70-71--141

    -3 9. In-Kyung Kim 69-72--141

    -3 9. Joo Mi Kim 69-72--141

    -3 15. Mi Hyun Kim 72-70--142

    -2 15. Yuri Fudoh 72-70--142

    -2 15. Christina Kim 73-69--142

    -2 15. Hye Jung Choi 70-72--142

    -2 15. Yun-Joo Jeong 70-72--142

    -2 15. Brittany Lang 69-73--142

    -2 21. Sakura Yokomine 72-71--143

    -1 21. Beth Bader 72-71--143

    -1 21. Inbee Park 71-72--143

    -1 21. Carri Wood 71-72--143

    -1 21. Shiho Oyama 75-68--143

    -1 26. Midori Yoneyama 73-71--144

    E 26. Jimin Kang 72-72--144

    E 26. Angela Park 73-71--144

    E 26. Hyun-Ju Shin 72-72--144

    E 26. Hiroko Yamaguchi 74-70--144

    E 26. Miki Saiki 71-73--144

    E 26. Yuko Mitsuka 71-73--144

    E 26. Yui Kawahara 71-73--144

    E 34. Sophie Gustafson 73-72--145
    + 1 34. Diana D'Alessio 74-71--145
    + 1 34. Nikki Campbell 74-71--145
    + 1 34. Rachel Hetherington 74-71--145
    + 1 38. Meena Lee 72-74--146
    + 2 38. Wendy Doolan 73-73--146
    + 2 38. Toshimi Kimura 72-74--146
    + 2 38. Mikiyo Nishizuka 74-72--146
    + 2 38. Teresa Lu 74-72--146
    + 2 38. Mi-Jeong Jeon 74-72--146
    + 2 38. Yukari Baba 71-75--146
    + 2 38. Akane Iijima 70-76--146
    + 2 46. Na On Min 72-75--147
    + 3 46. Ayako Uehara 73-74--147
    + 3 46. Ji-Yeon Han 73-74--147
    + 3 46. Amy Hung 73-74--147
    + 3 46. Alena Sharp 71-76--147
    + 3 46. Sun Young Yoo 74-73--147
    + 3 46. Karin Sjodin 75-72--147
    + 3 46. Sarah Lee 76-71--147
    + 3 46. Heather Young 78-69--147
    + 3 55. Mihoko Takahashi 72-76--148
    + 4 55. Karine Icher 73-75--148
    + 4 55. Gloria Park 72-76--148
    + 4 55. Silvia Cavalleri 71-77--148
    + 4 55. Na Zhang 74-74--148
    + 4 55. Lorie Kane 75-73--148
    + 4 61. Saiki Fujita 73-76--149
    + 5 61. Karrie Webb 73-76--149
    + 5 61. Tamie Durdin 72-77--149
    + 5 61. Kim Hall 72-77--149
    + 5 61. Ai Miyazato 77-72--149
    + 5 66. Katherine Hull 74-76--150
    + 6 66. Dorothy Delasin 74-76--150
    + 6 66. Kuniko Maeda 74-76--150
    + 6 66. Kyeong Bae 74-76--150
    + 6 66. Nobuko Kizawa 75-75--150
    + 6 66. Miho Koga 75-75--150
    + 6 66. Mayumi Shimomura 76-74--150
    + 6 73. Yun-Jye Wei 73-78--151
    + 7 73. Lindsey Wright 76-75--151
    + 7 73. So-Hee Kim 79-72--151
    + 7 76. Il Mi Chung 81-71--152
    + 8 77. Julieta Granada 76-78--154
    + 10 77. Jae-Hee Bae 80-74--154
    + 10 DNS. Birdie Kim
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