Confident Grace extends lead to four shots

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  • Sunday, 17 Oct 2004

PALM DESERT (California): Grace Park followed up her 10-under-par 62 with a five-under 67 on Friday to seize a four-shot lead after two rounds of the US$850,000 Samsung World Championship. 

“I feel I can birdie every hole on this course,” Park said. “The way I'm striking balls ... the way I've been putting the last two weeks, as long as I kept giving myself chances, I could shoot another low number.” 

South Korea's Park had six birdies and a bogey to post a 36-hole total of 15-under 129 and lead 19 others in the elite field. 

She won the Kraft Nabisco Championship six months ago and finished second at last week's Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. 

England's Karen Stupples and South Korea's Ahn Shi-hyun were tied for second at 11-under 133 as both fired seven-under 65 at the Canyons Course at the Bighorn Golf Club. 

Stupples, a two-time Tour winner this season at the Welch's-Fry's Championship and the Women's British Open, had a bogey-free round on Friday. Stupples opened with four bogeys and eight birdies in a roller-coaster first round. 

Ahn had six birdies on the front nine for a 30, but could only add one more birdie on the 18th. 

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam, Christie Kerr, Mexico's Lorena Ochoa and Scotland's Catriona Matthew – who was second entering Friday's round – all were five shots back at 10-under 134. 

Sorenstam eagled the par-five seventh, but bogeyed No. 18 for a four-under 68. She is looking for her sixth Tour victory of 2004. 

“It seemed I was really not on the right side of the flag today,” Sorenstam said. 

“From the back nine, I couldn't get it going. My pace slowed down and I hit every lip. So it's kind of leaving a bitter taste in my mouth.” 

Ochoa eagled the par-five third hole and bogeyed No. 7. 

Korean-American Michelle Wie managed to avoid serious trouble to post an even-par 72. Wie is 17 shots behind after stumbling to a 74 in the opening round. – AFP 

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