Lorena Ochoa's charge fizzled yesterday in the second round of the SemGroup Championship.
Ochoa got off to an eagle-birdie start in Broken Arrow, Okla., but a double bogey at No. 15 spoiled her round and left the top-ranked Mexican star three strokes behind leaders Stephanie Louden, Nicole Castrale, Karin Sjodin, and Reilley Rankin.
The leaders, tied at 4-under-par 138, are all seeking their first LPGA Tour win.
"No matter who is up there, I know that I have played just as well as they have, and I want to win just as much as they do," said Sjodin, a former Oklahoma State star who leads the LPGA Tour in driving distance.
Rankin shot a 3-under 68, Louden had a 69, Sjodin a 70, and Castrale a 71.
Rankin's 68 matched Mi Hyun Kim and Young Kim for the low round of the day on a windy, but much drier course at Cedar Ridge Country Club. Mi Hyun Kim and Angela Stanford (71) were one stroke behind the leaders. Se Ri Pak (71), Katherine Hull (69), and Virada Nirapathpongporn (70) were tied for seventh, two strokes off the lead.
Seven players were three strokes back, including Juli Inkster (70) and Ochoa (71), who took over the No. 1 ranking from Annika Sorenstam last week.
Champions -- In Lakeway, Texas, Scott Hoch moved into position for his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead over D.A. Weibring into the final round of the
"I haven't been healthy since I came out here or I think I would have done better," said the 51-year-old Hoch, an 11-time winner on the PGA Tour.
Hoch, the only player in the field without a bogey in the first two days, is at 11-under 133 on The Hills Country Club course.
Weibring was 8 under after his second straight 68. Hale Irwin (68) and first-round leader Leonard Thompson (73) were 7 under, Loren Roberts (72) and Tom Purtzer (67) followed at 6 under, and Massy Kuramoto (73) was 5 under.
Hoch said he's still recovering from major left wrist surgery in late 2005.
European -- Andrew McLardy shot his second straight 7-under 65 and took the lead at the Italian Open in Milan, which was reduced to 54 holes after play was cut short because of lightning.
McLardy is at 14-under 130 after 36 holes. Nick Dougherty (64) is a stroke behind, followed by Joakim Backstrom (70), Markus Brier (69), and Alvaro Quiros (67) at 132.