Neumann Holds Strong


Liselotte Neumann stormed the field on Thursday with an opening round of 69. In howling winds and winter-like conditions, she overpowered all in the field - including the formidable Annika Sorenstam who finished one off the lead 70.
Midway through the second round, Neumann remained in the lead having recorded two birdies today and moving to 5-under.
But Sorenstam is still hot on the trail recording two birdies this morning to move to 4-under. While Sorenstams game was soaring, Neumann was stumbling on the par-3 14th and subsequently dropped back to 4-under to tie Sorenstam for the lead.
The number one player in the world has yet to play the 18th hole today ' a hole that was not so kind to her yesterday. Sorenstam hit a 4-wood off the tee, pulling the shot into the first of two lakes that flank the left side of the fairway. She then missed a par-saving putt that dropped her out of the lead.
Beth Daniel completed the second round at 3-under 141 and positioned herself just one stroke off the mark. With two rounds under par the 45-year-old Hall-of-Fame member is making a bold statement for the 16 players that are 40+ years old. I told Karrie Webb the other day that Im hitting it like you, Daniels said following her second round.
Amateur Aree Wongluekiet was one of the last groups to finish yesterday and even in inclement weather she managed to shoot 71 in the opening round. Today has been an up and down day for the 15-year-old. Bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie throughout her round today has left her going into the final three holes at even par.
Yesterday she made bogey on the par-3 17th - today she may listen to her caddie Tom and play the club he suggests.