Fudoh leads Sorenstam makes cut


Ricoh WomenSUNNINGDALE, England ' Yuri Fudoh of Japan and Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea shot a 4-under 68 Friday to lead by one stroke and equal the halfway record at the Womens British Open, while Annika Sorenstams 72 was just enough to make the cut.
Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis is three back after a second-round 68. (Getty Images)
Fudoh and Shin were at 10-under 134 to tie the record set by Jeong Jang of South Korea, who won three years ago at Royal Birkdale. American Juli Inkster (70) was one shot back, while South Korean Bo Bae Song (68) and American Cristie Kerr (65) were two strokes behind the leaders.
Sorenstam stumbled over the front nine for the second day in a row, bogeying the fifth, sixth and seventh holes.
After shooting 72 Thursday, Sorenstam was at 3 over after seven holes and in danger of failing to make it to the weekend of her final major before she quits tournament golf at the end of the year.
The 37-year-old Swede, owner of 10 majors and 72 career titles on the LPGA Tour, responded with three birdies in a row at the ninth, 10th and 11th holes to finish at even-par 144'safe from the projected cut of 1 over.
Ever since I made my announcement, Ive just not been able to get anything going, Sorenstam said. I dont know what it is.
Id say today was like yesterday. I play 15 good holes and then again I leave a few shots out there. I just cant do that, not in this type of championship. Its costing me too much and then I always have to do catchup and Ive not been able to do that.
The 48-year-old Inkster, aiming to become the oldest winner of a womens major, followed up her opening-round 65.
It was a lot harder today, she said. I kind of just managed my game today. The wind was going different ways.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa (68) was three shots off the lead, along with Natalie Gulbis (68) and Ai Miyazato (69).
I birdied the first two holes, it was nice to take advantage of the two par-5s, Gulbis said. And I managed to take advantage of another par-5 for a birdie. I think anything in the 60s is going to be pretty good today.
American Laura Diaz (72) was four shots back despite making three eagles Friday, the third time its been done on the LPGA Tour.
Ive never had two, Diaz said. I know its a record for me and I was hoping it was an LPGA record. I was going for the fourth at 14, but I ran it by (from 30 feet). I thought I hit a good putt, went past it, didnt even make birdie.
Alice Ritzman had three eagles in the 1979 European Open at Sunningdale, along with Nina Reis at the 2006 Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore.
Inbee Park, who won the Womens U.S. Open a month ago, was among those who missed the cut. She made a 75 for a 5-over 149. Morgan Pressel, winner of last years Kraft Nabisco, also went out after she shot 74 for 4-over 148.
Jang was 3 over after 13 holes when she retired with a wrist injury.
Until Fudoh and Shin joined her on Friday, Jang held the 36-hole record of 10-under 134 since the championship became a major in 2001. Before that, Emilee Klein (1996 at Woburn) and Jane Geddes (1989 at Ferndale) also shot 134 over the first two rounds..
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