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Kasumi Takes Takefuji

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Out of nowhere, 2002 rookie Kasumi Fujii shot a scorching 9-under-par 61 Friday taking the lead outright by two strokes over first-round leader and defending champion Lorie Kane.
 
This is the first time that I have had a score like this and my best before this was a 65 7-under-par, Fujii said. I guess with a lot more birdies and the putts going in today was good. So actually whole thing was just the great atmosphere here. I really kept remembering the phrase in my head never give up no matter what. And whether I made birdies or bogeys I just thought whatever comes never give up out there today.
 
Fujii, a non-exempt LPGA Tour player, had ideal conditions in which to shoot ten birdies and a lone bogey on the par-4 fifth ' outdoing her first round score of 66 by five strokes. Now at 13-under-par 127, Fujii has the added pressure of being paired with Annika Sorenstam and Kane for Saturdays round in addition to fending off the rest of the field for two days.
 
Kane, now one stroke off the lead, followed her first round 63 with a respectable 66 to move to 11-under-par. Obviously I did not get off to the same start I did yesterday. I was trying to get into a little rhythm, but in general it was a solid round of golf and I hit the greens and just with some of my putts out there the greens ate them up.
 
Kanes playing partner Sorenstam continued on her conservative path recording a second round of 66 to move to 10-under-par. To no ones surprise, she has positioned herself within striking distance of the lead.
 
Heather Bowie moved up the ranks from 25th position to a tie for fourth. A second round of 5-under-par 65 left her tied with Suzanne Strudwick, Gloria Park and Liselotte Neumann at 7-under-par 133
 
Michelle Wie slid further into the abyss following her opening 72 with a round of 4-over 74 to complete her LPGA Tour experience with a whopping 6-over-par 146. She is in good company though. Michelle McGann, Pearl Sinn and Kellee Booth ' all at 6-over-par ' will be hitting the beach over the weekend.
 
Full field scores from the Takefuji Classic