Scotland Japan Lead US Trails by Three


2005 WomenGEORGE, South Africa -- The Scottish team of Janice Moodie and Catriona Matthew combined for a 4-under 69 on Saturday to share the second- round lead of the Women's World Cup of Golf. The Japanese tandem of Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada posted a 1-under 72 to join Scotland at 6-under-par 140.
Saturday's foursomes, or alternate-shot format, played difficultly at The Links Course at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club. Only three teams broke par, which means Sunday's final round of stroke play could be a battle of survival.
'I think tomorrow you have to go out there and try to hit fairways and greens,' said Matthew. 'You try to avoid a big number and hopefully roll in a few putts.'
Italy, which shared the first-round lead on Friday, shot a 2-over 75 in the second round and Giulia Sergas and Diana Luna are alone in third place at 5-under-par 141.
Jeong Jang and Bo Bae Song fired the lowest round on Saturday with a 5-under 68. That vaulted them into fourth place at minus-4.
Scotland parred its first three holes, then Matthew knocked a 7-iron to 20 feet and Moodie holed the birdie putt. The duo made it two in a row as Moodie kept the flat stick going. She sank a 20-footer for birdie at five, then tallied her third in a row with a 10-footer at No. 6.
Moodie hit the approach to 15 feet at the seventh and Matthew converted the team's fourth consecutive birdie. Moodie rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the ninth to send the team out at 5-under-par 31.
The team looked to be in good shape to start the second nine. Matthew played an 8-iron to 6 feet to set up birdie at the 144-yard, par-3 11th, but things got worse for Scotland.
At the par-5 13th, Matthew chunked a wedge short of the green and Moodie chipped to 5 feet. Matthew missed the par putt to drop the team to 7 under par.
Moodie drove into a fairway bunker at 14 and Matthew came up short with her second shot. Moodie chipped to 6 feet, but Matthew once again missed the par putt.
'You just have to get on with the next hole,' said Matthew, referring to her frustrations on the back nine. 'I have played with Janice a lot and you just have to get over it. You are not trying to do it.'
The Scottish team parred out for their 69 and share of first.
The Japanese squad was not nearly as steady as their co-leaders. They birdied the fourth and sixth holes, but dropped a stroke to par at the par-5 ninth.
Japan reached 8 under par with a birdie at the 10th, then another at the par-5 16th. Unfortunately, they fell into a tie with Scotland thanks to back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18.
'There were some disappointing moments, both of us made a few mistakes,' admitted Kitada. 'The score could have been better than 6 under. In a way it is a little disappointing, but we are very happy to be in this position after today.'
Australia's team of Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington carded a 1-over 74 and is tied for fifth place with England's Laura Davies and British Open champion Karen Stupples and U.S. Women's Open winner Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel of the United States. England and America each shot 2-over 75s on Saturday to join Australia at 3-under-par 143.
Becky Brewerton and Becky Morgan of Wales shot a 1-over 74 and are alone eighth at minus-2.
Lorie Kane and Dawn Coe-Jones of Canada, who shared first with Italy after the first round, struggled badly on Saturday. They double bogeyed both par-5s on the back nine en route to a 6-over 79. That dropped Canada into a tie for ninth with Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin from the Philippines, who shot a 77 in round two. Canada and the Philippines are knotted in ninth at 1-under-par 145.
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