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Lang races to lead in Pattaya

AMERICAN Brittany Lang shot a 3-under par 69 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead over compatriots Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer at the halfway stage of the US$1.45 million LPGA Thailand in Pattaya.

Lang used long drives to produce her second straight bogey-free round, giving her a two-day total of 7-under par 137 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Plantation course.

"The course sets up well for me because I hit the ball high," Lang said. "As far as I can use my length it will be an easy round for me."

Lang is chasing her best result on tour, with the world's No. 37 having previously been a second at the 2008 Sybase Classic and at the 2005 US Open as an amateur.

Pressel, the youngest Major champion at age 18 when she lifted the 2007 Craft Nabisco title, hit successive birdies to finish with a 68 at this seaside holiday city. Crowd favorite Creamer stumbled to bogeys at the opening and third holes but shook off her rust to finish with a 70.

Two shots off the lead and at joint fourth were American Angela Stanford (71) and first-round leader Hong Jin-joo of South Korea (73). The world's top-ranked player Lorena Ochoa, improved after a mediocre opening round, firing a 69 to be tied for sixth, three strokes off the lead.


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