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Ochoa Heads for Runaway Victory

Posted March. 01, 2008 03:21,   


Swedish legend Annika Sorenstam headed for a victory, but her new rival Lorena Ochoa headed even faster than her in the second round of the HSBC Women’s Champions at Tana Merah Country Club in Singapore.

Sorenstam, who lost with one-under-par to Ochoa’s six-under-par on the first day, reduced the gap of five shots with four birdies from the 15th to the 18th hole. Her results with a six-under-par aggregate of 138 took her to a tied second from a tied 19th. But Ochoa did not have to worry about Sorenstam.

Ochoa, who ended the first day in the second group with one shot ahead of her competitors, played four straight birdies from the fourth hole to the seventh hole, and had seven-under-par with eight birdies and one bogey after reducing shots in the ninth and 10th hole. A record of 13-under-par aggregate of 131 led her to run away from distant seconds by seven shots.

South Korea’s rookie Kim In-kyung (Hana Financial) showed outstanding performance. Starting from a tied fourth, she struggled with triple bogeys on the 13th hole, but became a tied second with one eagle, four birdies and one bogey. American Paula Creamer, who won the Fields Open last weekend, also tied for the second. South Korean Lee Jee-young (Hi Mart) tied for eighth with four-under-par aggregate of 140, ending the tournament with even par. Another South Korean Lee Jung-yeon with one-under-par ranked a tied 10th with three-under-par aggregate of 141.

South Korea’s Shin Ji-ae (Hi Mart), who struggled with one-over-par in the first round (a tied 33rd), played four birdies and one bogey to rank a tied 16th with two-under-par aggregate of 142.