Webb Ascends McDonalds Leaderboard


Like cream she rises to the top - a familiar place for a familiar name. Karrie Webb is not looking back as she pulls away from her peers at the McDonald's LPGA Championship in Wilmington, DE.
This year, alone, she has 7 top-tens and one domestic win in 11 starts. In fact, she's collected three titles worldwide.
Now, so it seems, she's on her way to adding the only missing trophy to her collection.
Webb recorded a picture-perfect six birdies, shooting a record-setting 29 on the frontside en route to a round of 7-under-par 64.
I did bogey the first hole this morning, Webb humbly said of her spectacular round. Its just one of those days where I didnt really have to work to hard and the putts were close.
Unlike yesterday, there were no eagles in Fridays round. Yet the indomitable Aussie still managed better her sub-70 first-round score by three cool strokes.
It's her lowest score in a competitive major. It's also one-stroke shy of the DuPont Country Club course record set by Meg Mallon during the third round in 1999.
The title, the prize money and most importantly the grand slam are all on the line this week. And while her calm demeanor belies her internal drive to achieve the highest goals in golf, Webbs steely gaze gives her away.
Always on an even-keel, shes not making space in her cabinet just yet. Theres still a lot of work and two rounds to go. Ive still got a lot of work ahead of me,' she said.
Even the industriousness of Annika Sorenstam in recent months doesnt seem to be enough to hold back a rested and recharged Karrie. After a 5-week break, Webb returned with vengeance.
Helen Alfredsson is all smiles after moving up five positions with her second-round 5-under-par 66.
In a tie for 7th at the beginning of the day, the Swedish spitfire played her way to 8-under for the tournament and is currently tied for second place with first-round leader Wendy Ward, who recorded a 2-under 69.
Ward held strong Friday. On the par-4 12th, she drained a long birdie putt to move to 6-under; and then followed with another birdie on the par-3 13th from below the hole to climb to 7-under-par.
Actually, I didn't drive the ball as well as I would have liked today,' said Ward. 'I hit, I think only six fairways. I'm going to go out and work on that a little bit. But I made some really great recovery shots.
One of those recovery shots came on the 18th, when she played her second shot from the rough to within six feet of the pin. Ward converted the subsequent birdie putt to finish 36 holes at 8-under.
Laura Davies (68) held steady in 4th place finishing the day at 7-under for the championship.
Sorenstam moves up a spot into a tie for 6th after recording a 2-under-par 69. She stands at 5-under for the championship.
The cut is projected to be between 3- and 4-over-par. Currently 70 players are 3-over or better.
Full-field scores from the McDonald's LPGA Championship