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Tseng is on target at British Open

Associated Press / July 31, 2010

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Yani Tseng certainly is consistent.

The 21-year-old from Taiwan shot her second consecutive 4-under-par 68 yesterday, taking a four-shot lead after the second round of the Women’s British Open at Southport, England. Brittany Lincicome and Christie Kerr joined Amy Young in the chase entering the weekend.

“There was no wind this morning and it was very calm, so it was nice out there,’’ said Tseng, who is trying to win her third major championship. “The course played totally different than what we played the last three days, so it was really nice.’’

Rain washed over Royal Birkdale in the afternoon, making things difficult for the late starters — including defending champion Catriona Matthew, who missed the cut by seven strokes after making a 10 at the par-four 13th hole.

Kerr certainly didn’t have any problems, posting the low round for the tournament with a 5-under 67. She made a pair of 10-footers for birdie on the first two holes, dropped a stroke at the eighth, then picked up four more birdies to join Lincicome and Young at 4 under.

Lincicome had a birdie at the second, then dropped four strokes in a three-hole stretch beginning at the 11th. She also took advantage of an easy finish at Royal Birkdale, though, with a birdie at No. 15, an eagle two holes later and another birdie at 18 for her 1-under 71.

Veteran Julie Inkster also shot herself into contention with a 2-under 70 that left her five shots off the lead, doing so in the worst of the weather. Suzann Pettersen shot a 68 and Sun Young Yoo had an even-par 72 to join Inkster in a tie for fifth.

Michelle Wie failed to take advantage of an early start time, hitting her first tee shot out of bounds. She ended up shooting a 4-over 76 that left her 10 strokes off the lead.

Christina Kim went the other direction with a 4-under 68 that moved her into a tie at 2 under. US Open champion Paula Creamer is 12 off the lead after matching 74s.

PGA — Jeff Overton shot an 8-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Overton, winless in five years on the PGA Tour, shot the low round of the tournament, using wedges on all but one approach shot during a bogey-free round on the Old White course. He was 14 under.

Boo Weekley, finally healthy after tearing a labrum in his left shoulder a year ago, was 10 under after a 63.

Jimmy Walker (64) and double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton (68) were 9 under. Compton, the first-round co-leader, is playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

USGA — Bernhard Langer shot a 2-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over John Cook, Tommy Armour III, and J.R. Roth after two rounds of the US Senior Open in Sammamish, Wash.

Langer, the German star who won the British Senior Open Sunday at Carnoustie, had a 3-under 137 total on the Sahalee Country Club course.

Cook and Armour had 68s, and Roth shot a 66. Hometown favorite Fred Couples (70) was three strokes back at even par along with Tom Watson (70), Loren Roberts (72), and Michael Allen (71). Morning play was delayed 2 hours 12 minutes because of fog.

European — Ross Fisher took a three-shot lead into the third round of the Irish Open at Killarney after shooting a 10-under 61.

Fisher had 10 birdies in 12 holes —including six in a row — in a bogey-free round to reach 12-under 130. Francesco Molinari was second after shooting a 66, and nine players were tied for third another two shots behind.

Big I Junior — Megan Khang of Rockland tied for fourth, 10 shots behind the winner, after shooting a final-round 74 in the four-round national tournament in Chesterfield, N.J. In the boys’ division, Thomas Henderson of Sterling shot 71 and tied for 18th, while Joshua Moore (81) of West Yarmouth tied for 24th and Brandon Sturtevant (77) of Pembroke tied for 30th.

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