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Pak, Pettersen share State Farm lead

SOUTH Korea's Pak Se-ri maintained a share of the State Farm Classic lead with another bogey-free performance, while Sweden's Helen Alfredsson shot into contention with a spectacular second round in Springfield, Illinois, on Friday.

Winless the past two years and seeking her first top-10 finish in 10 starts this season, Pak seems to be rediscovering her stroke just in time for the LPGA Championship next week.

The first-round co-leader, Pak shot a 4-under 68 on Friday. That left her at 10-under 134 and tied with Suzann Pettersen (66), who began the day two strokes off the lead but nearly withdrew before teeing off because of a sore throat.

Alfredsson made a big move, firing a 63 to join Kristy McPherson (66), first-round co-leader Jee Young Lee (69), Kris Tamulis (68) and Moira Dunn (66) at 9-under.

Jiyai Shin (67) was 8-under, Juli Inkster (65) was in a crowd at 7-under, and Michelle Wie (68) and Cristie Kerr (69) topped a group at 6-under.

Alfredsson, the 2007 European Solheim Cup captain and 1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore winner, had one of her best rounds ever after a mediocre opener to jump into contention for her eighth LPGA Tour win. And if she had anything to say to her ball, it was probably just a simple "thank you" or "good job."

Known to yell at it when shots go astray, the 44-year-old Swede had no reason to complain after turning in the second-lowest round of her career. Her stroke was as good as the weather on a clear 26-degree-Celsius day, producing seven birdies and an eagle with no bogeys.

She started on the 10th hole and began assaulting the course on No. 13 when she birdied the par-5 hole ¨? the first of three in a row. She then eagled No. 16, when she knocked a 6-iron to five feet to go 5-under and continued her charge toward the top.


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