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LPGA's Yang rises above chill

Second-round leader Amy Yang has not won since 2006, when she won the Ladies Masters in Australia at age 16.

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Second-round leader Amy Yang has not won since 2006, when she won the Ladies Masters in Australia at age 16.

ORLANDO — About the only thing going low Friday at the LPGA Tour Championship was the temperature.

Well, that and Amy Yang's scorecard.

Yang shot 3-under 69 in a safe second round, good enough to hold a three-shot lead when play was called for darkness with 28 players yet to finish. Only 10 of 120 players were under par.

"It is very surprising," said Yang, who is going for her first LPGA victory and has never led a round until this week.

Not that she's complaining.

The lack of low scores in a bloated field that features the top players on tour made her score stick all day. Maria Hjorth (68) and Seon Hwa Lee (73) were three shots back, and world No. 1 Jiyai Shin (75) is projected to make the cut on the number to keep her chances of holding the ranking at season's end alive.

Yang, of South Korea, overcame a slow start to finish with four birdies on the back nine, including a putt from about 20 feet on No. 18. She also did it with a tougher morning tee time, around 8:30 a.m., before things warmed up. The temperature dipped into the upper 30s at dawn at Grand Cypress Golf Club to make firm and fluctuating greens even faster.

Aside from Shin, four others could earn player of the year: Cristie Kerr (71) was five shots back, Na Yeon Choi (71) was seven off the lead, Yani Tseng (73) was 11 back and Ai Miyazato (71) was 14 off the pace.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71—146) was nine shots back.

WOODS STILL LEADS: Tiger Woods is starting to look like his old self at the Chevron World Challenge. Woods got off to a blazing start and played bogey-free in the second round for 6-under 66 at Thousand Oaks, Calif., to take a four-shot lead into the weekend. He was at 13-under 131 in the exhibition event. "I've been here before, so it's not a strange feeling," Woods said. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (69) was second.

WESTWOOD ATOP BOARD: Lee Westwood had eight birdies in a second-round 64 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. The top-ranked player went bogey-free at the Gary Player Country Club, finishing 12 under and three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Ross Fisher (68).

Q-SCHOOL: Ben Martin shot 4-under 67 on the Panther Lake Course to lead the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in Winter Garden by three shots after three rounds. The top 25 after six rounds earn cards for next year. The next 50 will be exempt on the Nationwide Tour.

LPGA's Yang rises above chill 12/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 11:12pm]
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