Lorena Ochoa maintains lead over Wie and company

By Associated PressApril 24, 2009, 4:00 pm
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LPGA Tour _newMORELIA, Mexico ' Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight bogey-free 8-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the LPGAs Corona Championship.
 
Ochoa, the top-ranked Mexican star who also won the 2006 tournament at Tres Marias, eagled the par-5 eighth hole and had six birdies. The fifth-ranked Pettersen shot a 64.
 
Alena Sharp hole-in-one at Corona Championship
Alena Sharp reacts to a hole-in-one Friday on the par-3 sixth hole. (Getty Images)
Im very satisfied with my putting, Ochoa said. I was able to get the birdies and that makes me very happy. Hopefully, I can keep making them for me and the public.
 
I do not feel the pressure. I dont have to. Im going to play with joy. Suzann is a very good player, very aggressive. She had a great round.
 
Second-ranked Yani Tseng (66) and Na Yeon Choi (69) were five strokes back at 11 under, Kristy McPherson (68) was 10 under, and Michelle Wie (71) was 9 under along with Sarah Lee (70), Karrie Webb (67), Irene Cho (67) and Brittany Lang (68).
 
It was kind of frustrating today, said, Wie a stroke behind Ochoa on Thursday after a 66. I did not make a single putt out there today. Hopefully tomorrow I will make some birdies. Its going to be a great weekend. I am really looking forward to it. Its just a privilege to be able to play with the best players in the world.
 
Brittany Lincicome, coming off a major victory in the Kraft Nabisco on April 5, followed her opening 75 with a 73 to miss the cut.
 
Ochoa opened her season with a victory in the Honda LPGA Thailand, her 25th LPGA title. She tied for 12th in the Nabisco in her last start.
 
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