Pet­tersen, Uribe top crowded leader­board at Man­ulife

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Nor­ways’ Suzann Pet­tersen fired a bo­gey-free seven-un­der 65 to seize a share of the lead with Mari­ajo Uribe atop a crowded leader­board af­ter the sec­ond round of the LPGA Tour’s Man­ulife Clas­sic.

Pet­tersen missed just three fair­ways and hit ev­ery green to sit tied with Uribe, who shot a bo­gey-free round of 66. The duo shares the lead head­ing into the week­end at 13-un­der 131.

“I think if you hit all the fair­ways, you’re go­ing to give your­self a lot of chances with your irons, so I tried to be ag­gres­sive,” said Pet­tersen, who posted seven birdies, in­clud­ing four on the back nine.

“The par fives are very score­able — you’ve just got to try and take care of busi­ness on those — and if you can squeeze in a birdie or two or three on the rest of the holes, you’re in good po­si­tion.”

Cristie Kerr, who tied for the lead af­ter the first round, carded a three-un­der 69 and is alone in third place at 12-un­der 132 at the Whis­tle Bear Coun­try Club course.

Tseng Ya-ni (65), Kim Kauf­man (66), Vic­to­ria El­iz­a­beth (66), Pernilla Lind­berg (67), Kim Hyo-joo (67), Brit­tany Lang (68) and Laeti­tia Beck (69) are all tied at 11-un­der.

The cut line on Fri­day fell at four-un­der 140, the low­est 36-hole cut in USLPGA Tour his­tory. Play­ers con­tin­ued to take ad­van­tage of score­able con­di­tions on Fri­day but noth­ing like Thurs­day when Thai­land’s PK Kongkraphan, Amer­i­can Cristie Kerr and Cheyenne Woods of the U.S. tied the course record by post­ing nine-un­der 63s.

The 34-year-old Pet­tersen has looked good since re­turn­ing from a left shoul­der in­jury that forced her to pull out of the LOTTE Cham­pi­onship two months ago. “I am en­joy­ing my­self out there,” Pet­tersen said. Colom­bia’s Uribe, who is seek­ing her first USLPGA Tour win, is ex­pect­ing a shootout on the week­end.

“No mat­ter the con­di­tions peo­ple are go­ing to go out there and shoot low,” said Uribe, who had three birdies on both the back and front nine. “I am just go­ing to hope for a good week­end.”

De­fend­ing cham­pion and world No. 2 Park In-bee (68) is tied for 23rd at seven-un­der 137.

South Korea’s Se Ri-pak pulled out fol­low­ing the sec­ond round with a back in­jury.

Kar­rie Webb (71), Stacy Lewis (72) and Mor­gan Pres­sel (71) failed to make the cut.

AP

Suzann Pet­tersen, of Nor­way, watches her ball flight from the 16th fair­way dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Man­ulife LPGA Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment in Kitch­ener, On­tario on Fri­day, June 5.

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