Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Tseng back in usual spot

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot her second straight 4-under 68 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Friday and took a one-stroke lead over Haeji Kang after the second round of the LPGA Tour's first major of the year.

Tseng, at 8-under 136, extended her domination with another relentless round of long drives and steady putting. After finishing the opening round two strokes back, she was leading for the ninth time in the tour's last 10 rounds. The five-time major winner has won two straight tournaments, three of five and six of 12.

Tseng this weekend could become the youngest golfer to win six majors. She is three years younger than Tiger Woods, who was 26 when he won his sixth.

She had enough energy after her stellar second round to play a little pickup basketball.

"You never get tired when you want to win a tournament," Tseng said. "I just figured out I'm tired after the last two wins … but after (Thursday) I had a good sleep, and I relaxed a few days, and I think I'm coming back with a fresh focus."

Kang shot 68. Lindsey Wright (71) and Sun Young Yoo (69) were third at 6 under, and Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak (69) was in a group of three that was three strokes back in the only major she has not won.

Among those making the cut at 4-over 148 was Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse, who shot 1-under 71 to sit at par 144. Not making the cut were Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 winner, who shot a second straight 76 for 8-over 152, and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson, who was 6 over after 74.

Pak, 34, has 25 tour victories overall but just one since July 2007. "I'm having trouble for five or six years, actually," she said.

PGA: Brian Davis (68-65) and Louis Oosthuizen (67-66) shared the lead at 11-under 133 after two days of play in the rain-delayed Houston Open at Humble, Texas. The second round was suspended due to darkness with 70 players on the course. A day after 11/4 inches of rain fell, the weather was sunny, but the fairways were damp. Players were permitted to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways.

Europe: John Daly had five birdies and an eagle for 5-under 67, finishing two shots off the leaders at the Sicilian Open in Sciacca. Daly, at 6-under 138, trailed a six-player pack at the top that included first-round leader Peter Lawrie, who shot 72 to join the group at 8-under 136.

Masters: Martha Burk, who led an unsuccessful campaign 10 years ago to get Augusta to admit female members, said IBM should threaten to pull its sponsorship if the private club refuses to offer to the company's female CEO the membership invitation it historically has given the IBM chief. Ginni Rometty became chief executive officer last year. Augusta officials have declined to comment on the issue, citing its policy that membership issues are private. IBM has not commented. The Masters is next week.

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