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Miyazato takes charge for top spots

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Japan's Ai Miyazato has set her sights on reclaiming her No. 1 status.

Miyazato shot 6-under 66 on Friday for the first-round lead at the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club west of Portland.

Miyazato had a one-stroke lead on Teresa Lu of Taiwan and Jee Young Lee of South Korea. Among a group of four at 4-under 68 was Seminole's Brittany Lincicome. She was joined by Chella Choi of South Korea, Momoko Ueda of Japan and Amy Hung of Taiwan.

Miyazato is in a five-way battle for world No. 1. American Cristie Kerr is No. 1, followed by Miyazato, Jiyai Shin of South Korea, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

"It's really fun, really exciting, because the top five players all represent different countries, so it's really a good motivator for me," Miyazato said.

In a changing of the guard since the retirement of Lorena Ochoa this year, Miyazato, Kerr and Shin have traded the top ranking six times in the past three months.

"Even though it was just for two weeks, I was so very happy," Miyazato said about her time on top. "I was happy because I experienced something that I never really experienced before, and so it will just be really good for my future as my career goes on."

Miyazato has won four times on tour this season.

PGA: Brandt Snedeker shot 5-under 65 and shared the lead with Arjun Atwal at 12-under 128 after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Snedeker had an eagle and three birdies to move into familiar territory in the final event before the playoffs start next week. He won this tournament in 2007 and shared the lead after a rainy first day last year.

Atwal lost his tour card last month and is bidding to become the first Monday qualifier to win an ensuing tournament in 24 years. He followed his tournament-record-tying first-round 61 with 67.

Kevin Streelman (65), Lucas Glover (65) and John Rollins (65) were at 11 under. Webb Simpson (64) was at 10 under, and Justin Leonard, whose 63 was the best round of the day, joined Boo Weekley (67) and Tim Herron (64) one more shot back.

Champions: D.A. Weibring shot his second 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead at 10-under 134 after two rounds of the Tradition, the fourth of the tour's five majors, in Sunriver, Ore. Weibring was two strokes ahead of Tom Lehman, his first-round co-leader, who shot 69. Gil Morgan, Jay Don Blake, Bob Tway and Fred Funk were tied for third at 137.

Miyazato takes charge for top spots 08/20/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 11:46pm]
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