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Lincicome ahead but Alfredsson in free fall

BRITTANY Lincicome followed an opening-round 64 with a three-under 69 to take a two-shot lead over Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Oh Ji-young of South Korea halfway through the Sybase Classic in Clifton, New Jersey, on Friday.

"I really had no expectations today, just to keep it under par," Lincicome said. "I was hitting it good yesterday, and when I went to the range this morning I felt like I was hitting it really well. I hit 17 greens today, which is pretty phenomenal."

First-round leader Helen Alfredsson, coming off a career-best 62, shot 76 in a round that included a missed tap-in. She was tied for fourth at six-under with Wendy Doolan, who shot 68.

Michelle Wie, looking for her first professional win, Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Paula Creamer were among a group at five-under.

Three-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa had another 71 and was in danger of seeing her hold on this event end.

"I'm not playing my best and you have to play your best to win here," Ochoa said.

The only green Lincicome missed in a bogey-free round was at the par-four 16th.

Lincicome's 11-under total at Upper Montclair Country Club was the lowest 36-hole total on a par-72 course on the US LPGA Tour this year.

Lincicome played 22 events last year and missed 11 cuts. She had one top-10 finish and earned US$114,963, less than US$700,000 she earned in each of the previous two years.

In San Antonio, Texas, American journeyman Paul Goydos overcame an opening bogey with six birdies to card a five-under 65 on Friday and take a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the Texas Open.

Goydos, whose opening 63 tied him with three-time winner Justin Leonard for the first-round lead, stood at 12-under 128 at La Cantera Golf Club's Resort Course.

Tied for second place on 131 were Leonard, after a 68, fellow Americans Ted Purdy (67), John Mallinger (64), Scott Sterling (63), and Swede Mathias Gronberg (65).

"Another good day," two-time PGA Tour winner Goydos said after taking his biggest lead at the end of a round in 416 career starts.

"I really only had one mediocre shot all day, and that was on the first hole. I made bogey, and after that I played reasonably well."

The 44-year-old American, who has missed seven of 11 cuts this season, has always fared well at the Texas Open. He tied for seventh in 2003, tied for eighth in 2006 and never missed a cut in 11 previous appearances here.

Four strokes off the pace at 132 were Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden, Briton Brian Davis and American Kent Jones.


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