Webb Leads by Four in Tour Championship


Round two of the season-ending Tyco/ADT Championship is over and first-round leader Karrie Webb, who has been virtually absent from the golf scene for the last five weeks, stands alone as the leader of the elite 30-woman field.
Webb holds a four-stroke advantage over the rest of the field going into the weekend. At 6-under-par 138 her closest competitors are Wendy Doolan and Annika Sorenstam, who stand tied for second at 2-under 142.
It was a beautiful, albeit windy day during the second round of the championship, and Trump International played tough. Not one player was able to break 70 Friday.
Webb, paired with Sorenstam for the second consecutive day, came the closest after following her opening-round 67 with 71. Both Sorenstam and Webb had a chance at pulling away from the field Friday. In the end it was Webb who capitalized on that opportunity.
Webb played solid golf on the front side making two birdies and moving to 7-under prior to making the turn.
I didnt hit as many fairways today, so I didnt hit it as close to the pin as I did yesterday, Webb said.
Turbulance began on the 11th hole where Webb made her first bogey of the day ' followed by a second on the 13th after failing to knock in a 10-foot putt for par.
The fact that I got out under par, and theres only two of us that did it, I feel like that was a bit of an accomplishment. I didnt feel like I played nearly as well as I did yesterday.
However, Webbs four-stroke lead isnt big enough for her to start counting prize money.
Youve seen a lot of players, you know, lose three and four shots in a matter of two or three holes,' she said. 'You know, that can quite quickly happen to anyone out here. Im included in that.
Sorenstam had a difficult day, making bogey on the 1st and continued losing precious ground on the front nine. In all, she recorded four bogeys to make the turn at 1-under-par ' a full six strokes behind Webb as they teed off on the 10th.
I got off to a horrible start. I had hit three greens in eight holes. Thats probably the worst Ive done in a very long time, Sorenstam said. Then luckily I kind of found my swing a little bit and played really solid on the back.
After making nine pars in a row, Sorenstam closed with her only birdie of the day.
Makes me smile a little bit, she said of her birdie on the last. Im very pleased to shoot 1-under for ten holes. Some tough finishing holes here.
'I did fall a little behind. But we still have a lot of golf left.
Meg Mallon took it to 5-under Friday but couldnt maintain it and finished with back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes to end the day in sole possession of third place at 1-under 143.
It turned out to be a disastrous day for Marisa Baena. Things started off fine. The spunky Columbian had started the day at 3-under-par and moved to 4-under after the 1st hole. Just two holes later, however, Baena ' playing in her very first Tour Championship ' made double bogey, dropping back to 2-under-par.
Baena held steady, making par on the next six holes before making a bogey on the par-4 10th. Things did not improve as she made her way through the back nine. Baena made another bogey on the par-4 14th and followed shortly after with back-to-back double bogeys on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th.
Baena ended up in a tie for 10th with Lorie Kane, Michele Redman and Grace Park at 3-over-par 147.
Baena was not the only player to make double bogey on the scenic 17th. Doolan, who had been chasing Webb all day and at one point came within one stroke of tying the lead, made double bogey on the second-to-last hole of the day.
I hit a bad shot off the tee and didnt get it up and down, Doolan said pragmatically. These are a great closing three holes.
Youve got to hit good shots. If you dont you get penalized.
Janice Moodie and Cristie Kerr also fell victim to double bogey on the same hole.
Full-field scores from the Tyco/ADT Championship