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Ochoa leads HSBC Women's Champions by 7 strokes after second round

Ochoa leads HSBC Women's Champions by 7 strokes after second round

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa fired a near flawless 7-under 65 on Friday to increase her lead in the HSBC Women's Champions tournament to seven strokes after two rounds.
"It was great from my driver to the putting. I kept hitting my second shots really close and gave myself a lot of birdie chances, so I was very consistent," Ochoa said.
Ochoa fired eight birdies _ including four in succession on the front nine _ and conceded one bogey to finish with a 13-under 131 two-round total at the Tanah Merah Country Club.
"I just got on a birdie run," Ochoa said. "On these greens, it's all about putting the ball on the right of the greens.... I've been hitting it really good, especially having good tee shots."
Annika Sorenstam carded five birdies in her bogey-free round of 5-under 67, vaulting her up the leaderboard to 6-under 138 and a share of second place with American Paula Creamer and South Korea's Kim In-kyung.
Sorenstam finished the round with four consecutive birdies, including driving onto the green for a two-putt birdie on the 269-yard (245-meter), par-4, 16th hole.
"It was just good golf," Sorenstam said. "I just needed one good putt to kick start the great finish and I was just very solid throughout the round."
Sorenstam is healthy and confident again after an injury-shortened 2007 season in which the Swedish star was winless for the first time since her rookie season in 1994. She won the season-opening SBS Open this month in Hawaii for her 70th LPGA Tour title.
Creamer shot four birdies and three bogeys for a 1-under 71 while Kim scored four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 9th hole, but triple bogeyed the 13th on top of an earlier bogey.
Despite being prominent on the leaderboard, Creamer, who won the Fields Open last weekend, was unsatisfied.
"It was just not my day," Creamer said. "I let old swing habits get brought back to the golf course and not the things that I'd been working on."
Creamer blamed a bogey on the par-four 16th on feeling drained near the end of the round.
"I got way too cute with the chip and then I missed a two-and-a-half footer for par, a horrible bogey," Creamer said. "These rounds have been so long that you're out there and it's kind of draining. I mentally let it slip on that hole."
Former No. 1 Karrie Webb of Australia had a 70 on Friday to be among a trio on 5-under 139, along with Stacy Prammanasudh of the United States (69) and Sweden's Linda Wessberg (71).
American Natalie Gulbis and South Korean Lee Jee-young were locked together at 4-under 140.
With a US$2 million (euro1.35 million) purse and US$300,000 (euro201,815) top prize, the HSBC Women's Champions is the richest women's golf event in Asia.
The inaugural 78-player event features 18 of the top 20 players in the world.


Updated : 2021-04-23 05:04 GMT+08:00