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Tseng fights rain, putting for lead

Yani Tseng strategizes with caddie Jason Hamilton on No. 4 during the second round of the LPGA Championship.

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Yani Tseng strategizes with caddie Jason Hamilton on No. 4 during the second round of the LPGA Championship.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — After seeing her lead disappear in the morning session, Yani Tseng fought her way back into a place where she has been plenty comfortable this year.

The top-ranked Tseng overcame double bogey on her ninth hole to shoot 2-under 70 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Pat Hurst after the second round of the LPGA Championship, the tour's second major of the year.

Tseng was at 8-under 136.

Hurst had 67. Morgan Pressel, Minea Blomqvist and Hee Young Park were 6 under after 69s. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (69) was in a group of three at 5 under

Battling a torrential downpour, then a steady drizzle for nearly half her first nine holes, Tseng followed her first-round-best 66 with a gritty performance.

"I feel a little bit disappointed in my round, but I hung in there," Tseng said. "I missed some short putts, and that's very disappointing. But I still have the lead, and I'm still very excited."

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (72) and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (74) were at 2-over 146 and made the cut by one. Defending champion Cristie Kerr shot her second straight 72 to make the cut. Michelle Wie also opened with consecutive 72s.

Amateur sets PGA mark en route to lead

CROMWELL, Conn. — UCLA star Patrick Cantlay, 19, has insisted he has no intention of leaving school early to join the PGA Tour. But the low amateur last week in the U.S. Open softened his stance a little after shooting a course-record 10-under 60 — the lowest tour round ever by an amateur — to take a four-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.

"I'm going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup (in September), and my plan is to stay amateur until I finish college," said Cantlay, who was at 13-under 127.

Taking advantage of preferred lies at soggy TPC River Highlands, Cantlay tied the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt when the event was played in Wethersfield in 1954.

After shooting 67 in the morning in the rain-delayed first round, he had eight birdies and an eagle in the afternoon.

D.J. Trahan (62), Webb Simpson (65) Alexandre Rocha (66) and Vaughn Taylor (66) were tied for second along with Andres Romero. Seventy-seven players are scheduled to complete the second round today.

Champions: Palm Harbor resident John Huston and Mark Wiebe shot 7-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

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