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Ex-Cat Ochoa trails by five

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

MORELIA, Mexico – Ex-Arizona Wildcat Lorena Ochoa struggled in her second round as the No. 1 player in the world, shooting a 1-over-par 74 in windy conditions Friday to drop five strokes behind the leaders in the Corona Morelia Championship.

Angela Park (65), Yu Ping Lin (65), and Silvia Cavalleri (68) shared the lead at 9-under 137 on the hilly Tres Marias course.

Sarah Lee matched the LPGA Tour record for relation to par for nine holes, shooting an 8-under 28 on the front nine – her final nine – en route to a 66. She was a stroke behind the leaders.

Ochoa, who took the top spot in the rankings from ex-Wildcat Annika Sorenstam on Monday, had four birdies and five bogeys. She struggled with her putting and also left herself in difficult positions with some poor approach shots.

“I lost my rhythm,” Ochoa said. “It wasn’t the wind. I’m a player who can play well with a lot of wind. It was just a bad day.

“But I’m still in the tournaments. Maybe there will be less wind and I will be able to play more aggressively.”

Ochoa won last year on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course that sits 6,300 feet above sea level. The course is 175 miles from Guadalajara, her hometown.

Park, from South Korea, birdied her final five holes to share the lead.

“I’m optimistic after such a great round today,” Park said. “Obviously there is still two more days, and a lot of holes to play.

“Nothing is really going to change. I’m just to keep on doing what I’m doing and hopefully get some good results on Saturday and Sunday.”

Cavalleri, from Italy, had a bogey-free round.

“I’m feeling really, really well and like the course,” Cavalleri said. “Some of the holes remind me of the course in the Italian Open that I have played for quite a few years. I like it.”

Teresa Lu (68), Julieta Granada (68) and Pat Hurst (69) were at 139, and first-round leader Stacy Prammanasudh (73) was tied at 140 with Na On Min (72).

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