South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record 9-under-par 62 yesterday for a share of the second-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open with Suzann Pettersen, while Michelle Wie missed her first cut of the season.
Pettersen, coming off a playoff loss to M.J. Hur last week in the
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (68) and Women’s British Open winner Catriona Matthew (66) were a stroke back, and Hur (67), Angela Stanford (65), and Sun Young Yoo (66) were 7 under. First-round leader Anna Rawson followed her opening 64 with a 73 to finish at 5 under.
Wie was 3 over after a 69. She shot a 76 Thursday.
Kim, winless in three seasons on the LPGA Tour, birdied the first six holes and finished with 10 birdies and a bogey to break Rawson’s day-old course record by two shots. The tournament mark also was 64.
“I didn’t know I had six birdies in a row, so it was awesome,’’ said Kim, who shot a scorching 28 on the front nine. “I mean, it was fantastic.’’
“There’s definitely another course record out on this course, so I’m glad there’s another two rounds,’’ Pettersen said.
Pettersen won all five of her LPGA Tour titles in 2007 and is winless in her last 40 tournaments. She has finished second three times this year.
“I play every week to win,’’ Pettersen said. “I mean, in this game you lose more than you win. So all I can do is give myself a chance on Sunday.’’
Ochoa is winless since the Corona Championship in Mexico in April.
“It’s been a fun two days,’’ she said. “What I always try to do is to be in a good position for the weekend. And I’m right there.’’
Champions - Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Walmart First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Sluman has five top-10 finishes this season, but hasn’t won since his Walmart victory last year. Sluman started his round with back-to-back birdies.
Browne and Roberts shot 66s. Tom Kite and Mark O’Meara were tied at 67.
European - Thomas Aiken shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Aiken was at 10-under 132, one ahead of Bradley Dredge (65) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (68).