Kang, Lee rise to top at Wendy's

Defending champion Cristie Kerr ran into problems down the stretch to leave Soo-Yun Kang and Jee Young Lee atop the leaderboard.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Dublin:Defending champion Cristie Kerr ran into problems down the stretch to leave Soo-Yun Kang and Jee Young Lee atop the leaderboard through Friday's second round of the Wendy's Championship for Children. "I had it going all day until the last couple of holes,'' Kerr said, adding she was "furious'' with her finish. Kang shot a 6-under 66 and Lee had a 67 to share the top spot at 11-under 133 at the tournament's midpoint. "We are very friendly,'' Kang said of the relationship between the 32 South Koreans on the LPGA Tour. "After we finish a round, we go to dinner sometimes, and we drink. We talk a lot.'' They have a lot to discuss. No fewer than 12 South Koreans are among the top 30 on the tour money list. They've already won nine times this season. Lee said there is a natural rivalry between the players but all is forgotten off the course. "I cannot deny the competition among Korean players,'' she said. "But on the other hand, I know that golf is actually against one's self.'' Se Ri Pak opened the door for South Koreans with four wins in 1998. Since then they have made themselves right at home. Major championships Pak has collected five major championships among her 23 victories, while Mi Hyun Kim, Hee-Won Han, Jeong Jang, Birdie Kim and Gloria Park have all made names for themselves. Seon-Hwa Lee is 11th on the money list and the frontrunner for rookie of the year, with pressure from Lee, who is 22nd. Sweden's Mikaela Parmlid shot her second consecutive 67 and was a shot back along with Colombia's Marisa Baena, who had a 65 to match the low round of the day with two more Koreans, Joo Mi Kim and Young Kim. Things finally came together for Parmlid. "I've been playing amazing the last three weeks really, and I haven't putted well,'' she said. "So finally I talked to my teacher right before the tournament, he helped me out a little bit and the putts started dropping.'' Brittany Lincicome, Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb each had a 68 to stand two strokes back at 135. Paula Creamer had a double-bogey on the second hole but mustered her second 68 and was at 136 along with Joo-Mi Kim (65), Stacy Prammanasudh (70) and Ai Miyazato (68). (AP)

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