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Webb aces, leads suspended LPGA Thailand

Karrie Webb drive at LPGA Thailand
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CHONBURI, Thailand – Karrie Webb aced the 12th hole but left the course two holes later leading the LPGA Thailand by two strokes when rain halted the second round Friday.

Webb was 10 under for the tournament through 14 holes, two ahead of another former world No. 1, Jiyai Shin (6-under 66) and her South Korean compatriot Amy Yang (8 under through 14).

The 2007 champion, Suzann Pettersen (67), was among a provisional group of three at 7 under, and defending champion and top-ranked Yani Tseng (65) led a group at 6 under, including first-round leader Ai Miyazato, who had five holes to finish.

Michelle Wie rebounded from an opening 75 with a 68 to sit at 1 under.

Webb was looking forward to completing the second round with 13 other women early Saturday at Siam Golf and Country Club.

The seven-time major winner had four successive birdies on Nos. 6-9 then made the fifth hole-in-one of her career on the par-3, 188-yard 12th. The last time she aced a hole was in 2008, in the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California.

Webb bogeyed the 13th, but birdied the 14th before play was stopped.

“It was a very solid day,” the Australian said. “Obviously put a great swing on a 6-iron on No. 12. I didn’t see it go in but the crowd roared when it went in off the green.

“I’m disappointed not to get finished today.”

Shin carded an error-free round of 66 to total 8-under 136, and the highest finished score in the clubhouse.

Countrywoman Na Yeon Choi was among those at 7 under, but had four holes to complete.

Tseng was relieved to salvage some pride with a formidable round of 65 after shooting a 73 on Thursday. Playing with her right elbow taped, she offset two bogeys by sinking seven birdies and finishing with a 7-foot eagle putt on 18.

“(On Thursday) I went back to the hotel really, really sad and very, very disappointed. I was crying. It was really bad,” Tseng said. “I told myself that I need to get back soon. I know that I can play well on this golf course and I know I can do this. I kept telling myself just focus on tomorrow.

“Today when I got to the golf course I felt great and I told my caddie, ‘Jason, I’m going to shoot 7 under and get back into the top position.’ And I did.”