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Lincicome 15 strokes worse in Round 2; still in top 10

DANVILLE, Calif. — As fast as Brittany Lincicome rose up the leaderboard on Thursday, she fell down on Friday.

Lincicome of Seminole followed her career-best 61 with 76, dropping into a tie for eighth after the second round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

Rookies Gwladys Nocera and Beatriz Recari each shot 6-under 66 and were tied for the lead, taking advantage of Lincicome's tough day. Recari, 23, had an eagle and five birdies over her final 10 holes to get to 10-under 134. Nocera finished with seven birdies.

Lincicome, a three-time tour winner who shot a blistering 11-under in the first round to build a four-stroke lead, struggled off the tee all afternoon and wound up at 7 under. She had four bogeys and a triple bogey.

Lincicome's luck ran out after she birdied the par-5 11th to move to 12 under. She bogeyed the next two holes to fall into a tie with Nocera before carding 7 on the par-4, 390-yard 14th. She hit her tee shot into the sand, then went into a hazard before three-putting.

"I knew (Friday) wasn't going to be easy, but I didn't think it was going to be that hard," said Lincicome, 25, who was at 137 along with Hee-Won Han (69). "I was just really nervous. I didn't really know how to follow up what I did (Thursday). I shouldn't have checked any messages on my phone."

Nocera, 35, a 10-time winner on the European Tour before joining the LPGA, overcame a rough start to match her best round of the season.

She started with bogey on the par-4, 383-yard first hole. She parred the next two holes then picked up birdies on five of the next six.

Amy Hung was alone in third at 9 under. Michele Redman, Wendy Ward, Stacy Lewis and Ilhee Lee were at 136.

PGA: A day after an ace, Rocco Mediate holed a 7-iron from 160 yards for eagle on the par-4 fourth and finished with 6-under 65 to increase his lead to three strokes at the Open in San Martin, Calif.

Mediate, 46, looking for his first tour victory in eight years, made the eagle on the 426-yard hole a day after a hole-in-one on the par-3 third. He finished with 13-under 129 on the CordeValle Golf Club course in the third of five PGA Tour Fall Series events.

Tampa's Ryudi Imada (67) was second at 132.

Dean Wilson (64) and David Duval (65) followed at 9 under.

U.S. Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler shot 65 to join Tim Herron (67), Will MacKenzie (68), Henrik Stenson (67) and Bo Van Pelt (68) at 8 under.

Mediate had eagles in consecutive rounds for the first time since 2001.

"It is just weird," Mediate said. "A lot of stuff is happening. When that went in, I was 'Really?' I was pleased but shocked."

Mediate birdied four of his first 12 holes before his eagle, which made up for a later bogey.

"That was my record by miles, 34 holes without a bogey," Mediate said. "I was so disappointed, but how could I be that angry? I wanted to go at least 36 holes."

Imada, a former star at Chamberlain High, is 110th on the money list but is projected to move into the top 70 if he remains in second.

EUROPEAN: Maarten Lafeber shot 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead at 131 after two rounds of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

Lincicome 15 strokes worse in Round 2; still in top 10 10/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 15, 2010 11:21pm]
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