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Robbins Leads Giant Eagle


VIENNA, Ohio -- Kelly Robbins posted a four-under 68 in Saturday's second round to take the outright lead at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. Robbins finished at 12-under-par 132, one shot clear of a surging Mi Hyun Kim.
Robbins, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is seeking her first win since 1999. She got off to a good start Friday with a course-record 64 and held off her competitors Saturday to take the solo lead into the final round.
'I just knew that starting today there was still a lot of golf to be played, and there still is,' said Robbins. 'I have been playing well. I wanted to settle in, see what the mood of my arm was going to be. I wasn't swinging as well as I wanted to.'
She got off to a quick start at Squaw Creek Country Club after she knocked her nine-iron within seven feet of the cup for her first birdie of the day at the par-four third. She added another birdie at the fifth to move to 10-under.
At the very next hole, Robbins hit her approach over the green and chipped on with her third shot. She two-putted from 15 feet for the bogey but regained the lost stroke with a birdie at the par-five eighth.
Robbins continued her fine wedge play by leaving herself inside six feet on several occasions on the back nine. At the par-four 11th, Robbins hit her second shot to three feet for birdie, then dropped her approach within five feet for another birdie at the par-four 14th.
'I've been here before, and things have been very good to me,' said Robbins. 'I think I'm a pretty good player, ready to compete, fortunate to have had success. I never thought that I wasn't going to win again. It was all a matter of time, but who knows, I still may not.'
Robbins has registered a pair of top-10 finishes in 2002 -- a tie for third at the Welch's/Circle K Championship and solo second at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
Kim got off to a sizzling pace to immediately put herself in contention. She began the day one shot off the lead and made a serious charge at the top spot with three birdies over her first four holes.
The diminutive Korean hit a seven-iron within 15 feet for birdie at the ninth and drained a 10-footer at the next hole to reach 12-under, good for a two- shot lead through 10 holes.
However, Kim's round stalled at the par-three 12th. She landed on the green but still had 40 feet to the hole. Kim faced a five-foot putt to save par but failed to convert. After the bogey dropped her back to 11-under, she parred the remaining six holes for a round of four-under 68.
'After my three-putt on 12, I was a little bit nervous,' said Kim, who has two runner-up finishes so far this season. 'I just try to do the best with my game. I want to forget the score, just hit it straight with good putting.'
Beth Bader, who shared the top spot with Robbins after the first round, carded a one-under 71 to finish three shots off the pace with Danielle Ammaccapane (70) at nine-under-par 135.
Beth Daniel, who won this event in 1990, shot 69 to finish alone in fifth place at seven-under 137. She was followed by two-time defending champion Dorothy Delasin (69), Grace Park (66), Mhairi McKay (66), Pat Hurst (69), Janice Moodie (70) and Natalie Gulbis (71) at six-under-par 138.
The 36-hole cut fell at even-par 144 with 78 players qualifying for the final round. Among those who didn't make the grade was two-time Giant Eagle winner Michelle McGann
Full field scores from the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic