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Ochoa making a charge

Associated Press / September 27, 2008
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Recharged after a month off, Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 5-under-par 67 yesterday to move within a stroke of leader Janice Moodie halfway through the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala.

The top-ranked Ochoa is making her first start since tying for sixth in the Safeway Classic Aug. 24, her fourth top-seven finish in a row, but seventh straight winless start. She opened the year with six wins in nine starts, including four straight.

"I'm just glad I took advantage of an early round today," Ochoa said. "I think I just gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I've been very accurate with my irons and good with the distance and hopefully I can continue that."

Moodie followed a 66 with a 67, birdieing five of her last seven holes to get to 11 under.

"I looked up at the scoreboard and I was definitely losing ground at that point," said Moodie. "But I'm like, 'You know what, I'm playing well. Just kind of keep it going.' And suddenly I got a birdie barrage."

Jill McGill (69) matched Ochoa at 10 under. Champions - Bruce Fleisher, Dana Quigley, Eduardo Romero, Andy Bean, Don Pooley, and Chip Beck shot 4-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.

Tom Kite, Loren Roberts, and Kirk Hanefeld were a stroke back; and Larry Mize opened with a 70 in his Champions Tour debut.

"The course played long today, but it wasn't too wet to play," said Rehoboth's Quigley, winless since 2006 on the Champions Tour. "In this kind of weather, you have to make sure you keep your focus. But I'm a low-ball hitter, and I play in this kind of wind probably 75 percent of the time in Florida."

European - European Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood shot a 2-under 70 for a share of the second-round lead in the suspended British Masters in Sutton Coldfield, England. The Englishman, 0-2-2 in Europe's loss last weekend, was at 6-under 138. India's Jeev Milka Singh also was 6 under with six holes left in the round that was delayed by fog and suspended by darkness.

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