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Ochoa seizes LPGA Championship lead

Mexican has won 6 tournaments this year including season's 1st major back in April

Lorena Ochoa from Mexico watches her drive on the ninth hole during the second round of the LPGA championship at the Bulle Rock golf course in Havre D...

Lorena Ochoa from Mexico watches her drive on the ninth hole during the second round of the LPGA championship at the Bulle Rock golf course in Havre D...

World No.1 Lorena Ochoa put herself in position to capture a third straight major title on Friday as she seized the halfway lead in the two million-dollar LPGA Championship.
Ochoa fired a 7-under-par 65 to take a one stroke lead on 10-under 134 at Bulle Rock.
The Mexican star was one in front of Australian Lindsey Wright, with overnight co-leader Lorie Kane of Canada a further shot back.
Wright carded a 68 for 135, and Kane a 70 for 136.
Rachel Hetherington of Australia (69) , South Korea's Ji Young Oh (68) and American Brittany Lang (67) were tied for fourth on 137, while 10-time major champion Annika Sorenstam was in a quartet on six-under 138 after posting a 68
Ochoa, a six-time winner already this year, won the first major of 2008 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. She also won last season's women's British Open, final major of 2007.
Ochoa, whose previous best finish in an LPGA Championship was a tie for fifth in 2005, carded three birdies on the front nine, and added four more coming in, capping her round with a birdie at the last.
Despite the fact that the course was playing long after days of heavy rain, Ochoa was all over the pins.
Five of her seven birdies were from inside eight feet. Her longest was from 25-feet at the 16th.
She finished with a flourish, draining a 20-footer at 18.
"If I keep playing this way, then I'm going to have a good chance," Ochoa said. "I am not going to say that I will win, because you never know what is going to happen.
"A couple players could go really crazy on the weekend and shoot really low. But I'm just happy that I feel so good with my own game. I'm really comfortable, don't feel any stress and am just going to keep being aggressive."
Wright found herself in second place for the second straight day. She carded six birdies with bogeys at three and five.
"It's been great the first two days and kind of nice to come into the weekend in this position," Wright said. "Especially when Lorena is leading the tournament. I mean, she's obviously the person to beat. When you see her up there you know she's not going to make too many mistakes."
Canada's Kane, who was tied with Emily Bastel for the lead after the first round, had four birdies in the first nine holes, but gave back strokes at 12 and 15.
"I got off to a good start. Birdied the first and kind of settled in then birdied the last three on the front side," Kane said. "I will be honest, I got a little quick on the back nine and didn't hit it as solid as I would have liked."
Sweden's Sorenstam, the former world No.1 who recently announced that she is retiring at the end of the season, had six birdies to counter two bogeys on her inward run.
"I think I'm in good shape," she said. "You know, I played well here in the past. It's a major and really two days or actually 36 holes is nothing. The way I'm hitting I'm just waiting for the putts to drop. It could be a lot of fun."

Updated : 2021-12-02 14:52 GMT+08:00