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NINTH-GRADER TIES FOR LPGA TOP SPOT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Ninth-grader Alexis Thompson shot 3-under 69 Friday for a share of the lead with top-ranked Lorena Ochoa and three others after the second round of the LPGA Classic.

Thompson, 14, of Coral Springs is trying to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. "I mean, I can say I'm really mature for 14," said Thompson, the sister of PGA Tour player Nicholas Thompson. "But, I mean, I don't know. I just play golf every day. I mean, I'm young. That's the only difference. I don't know, I'm pretty good for a young player. ... I'm 14, and I just love to play golf."

Marlene Hagge won the 1952 Sarasota Open, an 18-hole event, 14 days after her 18th birthday. Paula Creamer won the 2005 Sybase Classic at 18 years, 9 months to become the youngest winner of a full tournament.

Thompson won the 2008 U.S. Girls' Junior and tied for 34th in July in the U.S. Women's Open. She shot 65 Thursday.

Ochoa (68), Laura Davies (65), Yani Tseng (63) and Giulia Sergas (65) matched Thompson at 10-under 134.

PGA: Vaughn Taylor shot his second straight 67 for a one-shot lead after two rounds in the Turning Stone Resort Championship at Verona, N.Y. He was at 10-under 134 after another cold, wet and somewhat windy day.

Tied for second were Matt Kuchar (68), Leif Olson (69) and Nicholas Thompson (67). Dade City's Tim Petrovic (71), who shared the first-round lead with Olson, was at 7 under.

CHAMPIONS: Tom Watson shot 68 for 6-under 134 at the midway point of the Senior Players Championship, the tour's fifth major, at Timonium, Md. Watson led four players by two strokes: Craig Stadler (65), Bob Tway (68), Jay Haas (70) and Mark Wiebe (67).

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