On a day when only half the field was on the golf course Kris Tschetter went out and captured the lead by one stroke after completing the second round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.
Tschetter shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday and now leads the final official money event of the season. She recorded eight birdies and two bogeys in the process. It feels good, she said of her position in an interview Saturday.
She was one of 24 morning groups lucky enough to finish her first round on Thursday before inclement weather forced tournament officials to shorten this event to 54-holes. The other 24 groups completed their first rounds Friday morning and their second round Friday afternoon.
Tschetter and more than 70 other competitors had Friday off after fog further delayed play on Friday morning. I think the people that are in my situation that got this flip, it was a definite advantage. We got better greens (today).
Due to injuries in her left hip of the labrum and cartilage, the 14-year-veteran has struggled with her game. Thats always kind of the goal, she said. To try to get yourself in position and have a chance going into the last day, and I havent done a very good job with that. Ive struggled a little bit just with my back and my hip this year, and its been week-to-week, kind of depending on how I feel. She has worked hard to strengthen her muscles as well as her game this year and can be seen sitting between shots on a little chair that her caddie caries around for her.
This season shes finished in the top-10 five times earning more than $248,000 and 40th place on the money list. This is a vast improvement from 2000 when she made only seven of 15 cuts and earned less than $60.000 finishing 117th on the money list. Im surprised that I havent won more than I have, but, you know, I dont really have an answer for it. Im not the most consistent player in the world. Tschetters last victory - the 1992 at the Northgate Computer Classic ' was also her first. A win this week would add another $180,000 to her earnings this season.
Tracy Hanson and Laura Diaz are one stroke off the lead at 8-under-par. Hanson recorded a 6-under-par 66 while Diaz shot 3-under-par.
Annika Sorenstam, the number one player in the world, recorded a 3-under-par 69 during the second round Saturday. Sorenstams group was the only afternoon group to finish all 18 holes prior to the lightning delays.
75 players made the cut, which was 2-over-par. Karrie Webb just squeaked by at even par after shooting a second day score of 1-over 73.
Rookie Kelly Cap shot 2-over-par 74 today. Fellow rookie Hee-Won Han was not so lucky. Han shot 1-over today missing the cut with a two-day total of 3-over 147. And Michelle Louviere also missed the cut finishing 4-over-par 148.
Kellee Booth (76), Gloria Park (76), Chris Johnson (80) and Kathy Grant (88) all withdrew after completing the first round.