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Ex-Cat Ochoa holds the lead in Canada

The Associated Press
GOLF ROUNDUP

The Associated Press

OTTAWA – Defending champion and ex-Arizona Wildcat Lorena Ochoa shot a 4-under-par 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Canadian Women’s Open, while Michelle Wie had a 70 to put herself in position to make the cut.

Ochoa, the winner last year at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta, had a 10-under 134 total at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club course.

Australia’s Katherine Hull matched the course record with a 65 to join Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, the LPGA Championship winner, at 8-under 136.

Tseng was 6 under through 10 holes when play was suspended because of hail and rain.

No afternoon starters were able to finish the round.

Wie, using the last of her six 2008 LPGA Tour sponsor exemptions, followed her opening 75 with the 70 to finish at 1-over 145.

“I felt a lot more confident with my putter,” Wie said. “I had a lot of great up and downs today. There were a few holes where it could have gone either way and I just grinded it through.”

The 18-year-old Stanford student, down to No. 309 in the world rankings needs to win or finish second to avoid a trip to Q-school – if she decides to try qualifying.

Nicole Castrale (69) was at 7-under 137, and Se Ri Pak (70) was another stroke back. Former Arizona Wildcat Annika Sorenstam was 5 under with eight holes left.

“I feel great about being in Canada,” Pak said. “They always have such a great golf course, and always the condition of the golf course. I realize this week is not easy because the rough is so long, probably the longest rough of the year, I think.”

Ochoa, a six-time winner this season, had five birdies and one bogey – her lone bogey of the week – in her morning round. She dropped a stroke on the par-3 15th – her sixth hole of the day – after hitting into a right-side bunker, but rallied with four birdies on her final nine holes.

“I didn’t really start making birdies until the back nine, but I really enjoyed it,” said Ochoa, winless since May. “It’s important to be in good position for the weekend.”

PGA Tour

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Carl Pettersson supported moving the Wyndham Championship to Sedgefield Country Club. After a performance like this, it’s easy to see why.

The local favorite produced the latest record-breaking round at Sedgefield, shooting a tournament-record 61 Friday to match the PGA Tour’s 36-hole mark at 15-under 125. He opened with a 64 on Thursday.

Champions Tour

SUNRIVER, Ore. – Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 66 in 100-degree heat for a share of the second-round lead with Tim Simpson in the JELD-WEN Tradition, the fourth of the five Champions Tour majors.

PGA Europe

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Sweden’s Peter Hanson and England’s Nick Dougherty shot 4-under 66s for the second straight day to share the lead in the SAS Masters.

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