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'Awesome' round for Kerr

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Cristie Kerr is halfway home to winning her second career major title, and she's making it look easy at the LPGA Championship.

Relying on her chipping and near-perfect putting to overcome several errant tee shots, Kerr shot 6-under 66 Friday to take a five-stroke lead at 10-under 134 on the Locust Hill Country Club course.

The 2007 U.S. Women's Open Champion opened the day in a three-way tie for the lead, then took control by consistently scrambling out of trouble to produce a bogey-free round. She birdied four of her last five holes to pull away.

Inbee Park, the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion, and Mika Miyazato were tied for second at 5 under after 70s. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (69) and Amy Yang (67) were 4 under.

"I played awesome (Friday)," Kerr said. "I don't think anybody expected anybody to be in double digits after two days. But you know what, keep my head down and keep going."

Park was impressed by Kerr's score but wasn't prepared to concede anything. "It's still two days of golf left out there," Park said. "Anything could happen on this golf course."

Lincicome, 24, said the course, one of her favorites on tour, was playing tighter than usual.

"I missed some 3-footers, so I had a chance to light it up on the front. Hopefully I can keep hitting shots like I hit (Friday) and drive it a little better," she said.

PGA: Justin Rose shot 8-under 62, birdieing five consecutive back-nine holes for the second straight round, to take a four-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland in the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn.

Rose, who got his first tour win at the Memorial three weeks ago but failed to qualify for the U.S. Open last week at Pebble Beach, broke the tournament record for the first 36 holes, finishing at 14-under 126. The 62 was one off the course record at TPC River Highlands.

"I think I'm just on a nice streak," Rose, 29, said. "I'm not getting in my way. I'm letting it happen. It's nice to not field the question, 'Can this be your first win?', I must say. … That's one question that it's just something less that I have to think about."

Sutherland shot his second straight 65. Vijay Singh (66), Corey Pavin (66), Bill Lunde (63) and Charlie Wi (67) were five strokes back at 9 under.

Champions: Wayne Levi, who played for USF in the early 1970s, shot 7-under 65 and had a one-shot lead over Brad Bryant and Dan Forsman after the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open at Endicott, N.Y.

Bryant birdied seven of the first 10 holes to tie for the lead, parred the next seven, then bogeyed 18 to fall back to second.

Mark Calcavecchia, vying to become the 16th player to win his first start on the Champions Tour, was another shot back in a tie for fourth with defending champion Lonnie Nielsen, Fred Funk, Olin Browne and Blaine McCallister.

Ken Green, in his second start in a stroke-play event since an RV crash a year ago resulted in the loss of the lower part of his right leg, finished 6-over 78 after playing the first 12 holes at par.

'Awesome' round for Kerr 06/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 10:27pm]
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