Logjam broken atop Wegmans LPGA

Craig Potter

Following a record-setting seven-way tie for first place on the opening day, the field weeded itself out on Day 2 of the Wegmans LPGA at Locust Hill Country Club.

Morgan Pressel fired one of her best rounds ever with a 7-under-par 65 to lead the tournament by one stroke. The  Boca Raton, Fl., native's two-day total is a 10-under-par 132.

"This definitely was one of my best rounds," said Pressel. "I shot a 64 at Corning and a 64 at Toledo I think. This is definitely one of my better rounds."

Pressel birdied six of eight holes, starting with the 7th and concluding with the 14th, to take the early lead into the clubhouse.

"I had it going all day, except for maybe the first four holes," Pressel said. "But after that I had birdie opportunities on every hole but one. The greens were holding so I could fire right at the pin and hit it close. I've worked a lot on my putting the last few weeks and it's paid off.

"It's always nice to have your name on top of the leaderboard. I don't know if it will stay there by the end of the day. There are definitely birdies out there and some great players still to come in. I'm ready enough for the weekend."

But Pressel did remain on top of the leaderboard at the end of the day.

Suzann Pettersen, however, matched Pressel also by shooting a 65 to remain one shot behind the new leader. The Norwegian began the day at minus-2, two strokes off the lead and one behind Pressel.

Pettersen chipped in from the rough on her final hole for a birdie to go 9-under par.

"It wasn't so good a tee shot but a good chip," she said.

Pettersen started the round with back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11, and finished with birdies on the 8th and 9th holes.

"I had no expectations going out," she said. "I've been working hard on my game and try not to get too hard on myself. It was a little inconsistent but it was more consistent than it was yesterday."

Four of the golfers tied for the lead teed off in the morning.That group included Cristie Kerr, from Miami, Fl., and from South Korea - Song-Hee Kim, Soo-Yun Kang, and Jimin Jeong. All of them fell off the pace on the second day.

Kerr shot a 70 and trails Pressel by four strokes.

First-round co-leader Inbee Park from South Korean, bogeyed her final hole, the 9th, to finish 8-under par 136. Another first-round co-leader, Ai Miyazato from Japan, also carded a 4-under par 68 to remained tied with Park as both are third, two shots behind Pressel.

All the other co-leaders also made the cut. Song-Hee Kim nearly missed it as she ballooned to a 77. Jeong Jang carded a 71 as Soo-Yun Kang had a 74.

Other highlights on Day 2 included defending champion Lorena Ochoa of Mexico shooting a 2-under par 70 to go with her opening round par 72.

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, who will retired at the end of the season, shot an even par 72 and just made the cut at 1-over par 145.

"I need two low rounds," said Sorenstam. "They're out there, for sure, I know that. I've got to go out there and play a little bit more aggressive and try and make up some ground. It's never over and I'll keep on going."

Spencerport native Danielle Downey came close to making the cut, but missed it by one stroke. She birdie the 16th hole to gain the projected cut of 1-over par, but bogeyed the 17th. Her birdie putt on the 18th came up two feet shy as she finished even par for the day, and 2-over par for the tournament.

"I'm really proud of the way I played today," Downey said. "I thought I played solid. I three-putted (the 17th), I screwed up. I had three great shots on that hole and I just messed up. I never gave up and i thought I could do it. I'm going to fall short again, and that's fine.

"It's been a great experience. I had so much fun."

Fan favorite Nancy Lopez failed to make the cut for the second straight year since the Hall of Famer returned to limited playing action a year ago. She shot an 12-over-par 84 for a total of 162.

"It was such a great day to play good golf," Lopez said. "I putted terrible today. I really had chances to make a lot of pars that were not that far. My putting really hurt. I didn't hit it that great but still had a lot of opportunities to save missing those bad holes.

"I always enjoy playing here. My legs were hurting a little bit more today. I've just got to get back into shape, and when you have bad feet, it just doesn't help. It's going to come sometime."

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