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Diaz, Kemp share second round honors

WITH a surprised hop, Laura Diaz tied Sarah Kemp for the second round lead on Friday in the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Diaz looked discouraged with the putt halfway to the final hole but then hopped in celebration when the 12-foot birdie try went in, giving her a 4-under 67 and a share of the lead with Kemp (63) at 11-under 131.

Kemp had never led in her year and a half as a pro, while Diaz is winless since two victories in 2002.

Morgan Pressel (68) was a shot back, and Natalie Gulbis (65), Lee Seon-hwa (63) and Shin Ji-yai (67) followed at 9 under.

Michelle Wie, seeking her first professional victory, three-putted the final hole for double bogey and a 69, leaving her three strokes behind along with Suzann Pettersen (69), Lindsey Wright (68), Kyeong Bae (64) and Yi Eunjung (66).

Wie needs to win the Farr to get into the field for next week's US Women's Open at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa followed an opening 67 with a 68 and led the pack at 7-under 135. No. 2 Yani Tseng had her second consecutive 68 and was another shot back.

Diaz has struggled with her swing in the past two years but has found some answers in the past two days at Highland Meadows Golf Club. She shared the first-round lead with Pressel and Kim Song-hee after shooting a 64. On Friday, Diaz parred the first 12 holes before playing her final six holes in 4 under. Over that span she hit 9-iron approach shots to 3, 15 and 12 feet and then rolled in the birdie putts.

Kemp started early to post a low number, matching the best round of the day. Teeing off on No. 10 first, she turned in 2-under and then birdied holes 2 and 3 before stringing together four straight birdies on holes 5-8.

None of the birdie putts was more than 12 feet from the cup, with four of them half that distance or less.


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