Golf Roundup: Pressel has LPGA lead at 6 under

Finishes Round 2 up by two shots on sloppy course

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Morgan Pressel slogged through rain and muck to take the lead Saturday after two rounds of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y. Next up today is a 36-hole marathon.

"I run a lot," Pressel said, laughing. "I'm in plenty good of enough shape to get through 36 holes tomorrow."

She shot a 2-under 70 Saturday at Locust Hill to reach 6-under 138 -- two shots ahead of the top-ranked Park and Chella Choi in the second LPGA Tour major of the season.

Park had a 68 to give herself an opportunity to add to her three wins already this season, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April. Choi struggled with a 73 to relinquish her first-round lead.

Jiyai Shin, Amy Yang and Sarah Jane Smith were tied for fourth at 3 under. And there were seven more players at 1 under or better after two rounds, which should make for a long and topsy-turvy final day.

The change in schedule came after nearly 5 inches of rain fell Thursday, forcing officials to postpone the first round.

"It's going to be very tough physically, I mean, especially walking on these wet fairways," Park said. "There's going to be many holes, but yeah, just try not to lose my focus."

The forecast for today is promising, calling for sunny conditions and temperatures in the high 70s.

A light and intermittent drizzle fell through most of Saturday morning further drenching the 6,500-yard course. Then there were two brief but heavy downpours in the mid-afternoon before the rain finally relented after about 2:30 p.m.

That led to soppy fairways. It made the slick, overgrown rough even more difficult to hit out of and even hitting the greens didn't guarantee relief.

Pressel's tee shot on the par-3 seventh plugged 20 feet below the hole, from where she two-putted. That was actually fine with her. With a laugh, she was thankful the ball stuck where it did because it was a better place than above the hole.

Pressel, of Boca Raton, Fla., is attempting to end a string of eight consecutive majors won by Asian-born players. Pressel also hasn't won since claiming the Kapalua Classic in 2008.

Other tournaments

• Tradition: David Frost birdied the 16th and 17th holes en route to a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the third round of this Champions Tour major in Birmingham, Ala. Frost, a South African who won the Toshiba Classic in March for his fourth Champions Tour title, had four birdies on the final eight holes to move to 12-under 205 in the major championship. Couples shot a bogey-free 68. Morris Hatalsky, 61, third-round leader Duffy Waldorf (71) and Michael Allen (69) were two strokes back. Hatalsky had a 67. Two-time defending champion Tom Lehman was five strokes back after a 69.

• St. Jude Classic: Rookie Shawn Stefani overcame a quadruple bogey and shot a 4-under 66 to take the third-round lead in Memphis, Tenn. Stefani, 31, of Texas, blew a two-stroke lead with the quadruple bogey on No. 11, but rebounded with four birdies over his final five holes to move back atop the leader board. He had eight birdies to go with that quadruple bogey to reach 12-under 198 at TPC Southwind. Harris English was a stroke back after a 69, finishing out of the lead for the first time this week.

• Lyoness Open: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands shot a 5-under 67, extending his lead to three strokes heading into the final round in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Holding a one-shot overnight lead, Luiten bogeyed two of his first five holes. He recovered with seven birdies to finish at 16-under 200, three strokes ahead of Spaniards Jorge Campillo (66) and Eduardo de la Riva (69).

LPGA leaders

(Through second round)

Player Score Par

Morgan Pressel 138 --6

Inbee Park 140 --4

Chella Choi 140 --4

Three players tied 141 --3

Today: Rounds 3 & 4, Locust Hill CC, Pittsford N.Y.

TV: 3 p.m., Golf Channel.



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