Two of the LPGA's most prodigious golfers, Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb, have poised themselves for what could be a repeat performance of the inaugural LPGA Takefuji Classic.
Although it was another good day for Sweden, the Swede in the lead after round two was none other than Annika Sorenstam, last year's runner-up at this event. ' Overall, I'm very happy with the way I played today, and to tell you the truth, with yesterday too,' Sorenstam professed.
Sorenstam pulled away from the rest of the field by carding a bogey-free second round of 5-under 67 and tying the course record in the process. 'I worked with my instructor last week, and I always feel good after he leaves,' Sorenstam said. 'He gives great advice. Working with him pays off. I mean, you never know how you're going to play, but anytime you leave home with confidence in your game, it pays off.'
Eighteen holes remain and Sorenstam will have her work cut out for her with the foursome that lurks behind. Currently tied for second are Karrie Webb, Lorie Kane, A.J. Eathorne and a newly fit Cristie Kerr.
Webb finished the front nine at 1-under and managed, despite two bogies, to card a 3-under 69 during the second round. 'I feel like my game is good enough. I'm putting well and hitting the ball well, I just seem to be throwing one bad swing in there and making bogey, so I lose my momentum,' Webb said in a press conference Friday.
'It seems like when you shoot a really low score, you don't make silly bogeys like that. My game is in good enough condition, I just need to make the opportunities I give myself and stop the soft bogeys.'
First round leader, Maria Hjorth didn't fair well on Friday. She followed her opening round of 67 with a 3-over 75 leaving a lot of ground to make up during the final round.
Both Monday qualifiers had a rough go of it the last two days. Lisa Hackney redeemed herself Friday by posting a sub-par round of 1-under 71. This comes just one day after suffering through an opening round of 10-over-par 82. Hackney did not make the cut and finished the tournament at 9-over 153.
Joining Hackney on the sidelines is Hee Won Han at 6-over 150. Han, like Hackney, shot even-par to qualify for the tournament, yet found herself unable to repeat the performance. Her rounds of 75-75 insured she was not one of the lucky seventy-one that made the cut.