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Shin vaults to 4-stroke lead at Wegmans LPGA

SOUTH Korean star Shin Ji-yai, seeking her fifth win in 11 months, shot a 4-under 68 to vault into a four-stroke lead at the storm-plagued Wegmans LPGA on Friday.

"I really am happy with my putter (r)? it's really good," the 21-year-old Shin said after moving to 11-under 133, a record low at the Locust Hill course in suburban Rochester in New York. "I would like to keep this feeling through tomorrow and the final round."

Play was interrupted by thunderstorms for nearly five hours, then called off as darkness fell. In all, 71 players will complete their second round, including Tiger Woods' niece, Cheyenne, who was battling to make the cut.

Morgan Pressel was in second place at 8 under through 13 holes. That was one better than Kristy McPherson on the same hole, Michelle Wie through 10 holes and Stacy Lewis through 14 holes. First-round leader Sandra Gal of Germany, blaming fatigue for a string of wayward tee shots on the back nine, shot a 1-over 73 to drop to 7 under.

Last year, Shin became the first non-US LPGA member to win three events. She reeled in the Women's British Open last August, then followed with wins in the Mizuno Classic and ADT Championship. In March, she captured the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore for her first victory as a tour member.

Her steadfast accuracy off the tee box and the fairways got her within 3 feet for early birdies on Nos. 3 and 4. Her only bogey came when she caught a greenside bunker at No. 10. As Gal faltered, she took the lead with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and widened the gap atop the leaderboard when she birdied from 6 feet at the par-5 17th.


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