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Americans lead in Singapore

AMERICANS Paula Creamer and Jane Park carded matching 1-under par 71s to lead the field after the second round of the US$2 million HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore yesterday.

South Korea's Kim Mi-hyun jumped to third spot after a day's best 68, while defending champion and world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa slipped down the leaderboard with a 1-over 73.

Playing with Park for the second day in a row, Creamer said slower greens and breezy conditions had made scoring difficult at the Tanah Merah Country Club yesterday.

The American pair, who both shot 67s in Thursday's opening round, are on 6-under par, a shot ahead of Korea's Kim and Australian Katherine Hull.

"It played a lot different today and the scores were not nearly as low as they were yesterday," said Creamer, who finished third last year at the LPGA event. "I think the weather had a little something to do with that."

With such a slender lead, Creamer said it was important to concentrate on her game and not worry about the competition.

"There's a lot of golf left ... you can't control what other people do. But hopefully the greens will be a little bit better tomorrow, I think they were a little bit slower overall compared to yesterday and I think that's why you didn't see as many putts go in."

Mexican Ochoa, who romped to an 11-stroke victory ahead of Annika Sorenstam last year, posted her third bogey of the day at the 18th to sit four shots behind the leaders in a group that also includes Suzann Pettersen, Juli Inkster and Lee Seon-hwa.

Park said it would be a mistake to discount the world No. 1.

"You can never forget about Lorena, because the girl is crazy!" she added. "She makes putts from everywhere. You can never ever count her out."


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