British Open champion leads Mizuno

By Associated PressNovember 8, 2008, 5:00 pm
  SHIMA, Japan ' Ji-yai Shin showed up at chilly and wet Kinetsu Kashikojima with some warm clothes and a sizzling iron game.
 
I just brought my warm gear, said Shin, the young South Korean star who won the Womens British Open in August at Sunningdale.
 
I had my gloves, my warm hat and my jacket. Some parts of the course it rained today, so the rain was very cold, but the wind was not much, she said.
 
Making her fifth start of the year in Japan, Shin shot a bogey-free 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Mizuno Classic. She had a 10-under 134 total with a round left in the event sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and Japan LPGA.
 
Today, it just felt very comfortable with how I played, Shin said. I am just happy with how I played my round.
 
Shin birdied both par 5s on the front nine, chipping to 2 feet on the par-5 first and a foot on the par-5 seventh. She then showed off her iron play in two back-nine birdie runs, hitting a 6-iron to a foot on 10, a 5-iron to 3 feet on 11, another 6-iron to inches on 15 and a 9-iron to 4 feet on 16.
 
My iron shots were good, Shin said.
 
Japans Mayu Hattori, coming off a victory last week in the JLPGAs IDC Otsuka Ladies, was second after a 69. The first-round co-leader played the back nine in 3 under after making the turn at even par.
 
I guess I felt some pressure after being in the lead, Hattori said. I settled down and played a lot better after the front nine.
 
South Koreas Lee Jee-young and Japans Shiho Oyama three strokes back at 7 under.
 
On the 15th hole, one of the spectators said that my ball went in the cup, Oyama said. I got all excited, but it didnt actually go in, and I was embarrassed. My irons were good, except my driver didnt go so far today.
 
Lee matched Oyama with a 68.
 
It was really cold this morning, so I had to be patient with my game, Lee said.
 
Shin tied for 17th last week in the LPGA Kolon Championship in South Korea.
 
Last week, everyone was focused on me, so it made me nervous, Shin said. I think more nervous last week than this week. This week, I love coming here to Japan. I just feel more comfortable here.
 
Divots:
Defending champion Momoko Ueda, the first Japanese player to win the event in nine years, was even par after a 74. Japanese star Ai Miyazato also was even par after a 73. American Morgan Pressel followed an opening 75 with a 70 to get to 1 over. Karrie Webb, the 2006 winner, was 3 over after a 75.
 
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    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

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