Second Round Recap At SemGroup Championship


Saturday, May 3rd 2008, 9:11 am
By: News On 6


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The cut: 70 players made the cut at 10-over-par 152 after two rounds of play at the $1.8 million SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. 10-over-par is the highest cut on the LPGA Tour since the 2003 Kraft Nabisco Championship (also 10-over-par).

Second-round leader Paula Creamer (70-71=141) is the only player under par through two rounds of play. The 21-year-old shot even-par 71 on Friday to take the lead at 1-under heading into Saturday, when temperatures are expected to be chilly through the morning and winds are predicted at 10-20 mph from the NNW.

The 6,602-yard, par-71 layout at Cedar Ridge Country Club played over a full shot easier on Friday (75.48) than it did Thursday (76.78). Creamer made three birdies and three bogies on her way to even-par for the day. It marks the fifth time that Creamer has held a second-round lead in a 72-hole tournament, the last being the 2007 Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions where she won by eight strokes.

Ochoa goes without a birdie in third round play. After two rounds of play at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, world number one Lorena Ochoa is tied for 21st place at 5-over-par 147. Friday's second round in Tulsa marked the first time since the third round of the 2006 Ginn Clubs and Resorts Open (two years, three days) that the 26-year-old has not made at least one birdie in her round.

It is also the first time that Ochoa has shot multiple rounds over-par in the same tournament since the 2006 Weetabix Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Despite just two birdies and one eagle on the week, the reigning Rolex Player of the Year is only six shots out of the lead held by Paula Creamer with 54 holes remaining at Cedar Ridge.

Oh at even-par. South Korean Ji Young Oh (70-72=142) is one of only two players at even-par or better through two rounds of play at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. Oh, a second-year LPGA member, shot 1-over-par 72 on Friday to take control of solo second place at even-par for the week. She began the day tied for second with defending champion Mi Hyun Kim (70-77=147, -5), who dropped to 5-over, and second-round leader Paula Creamer. The 19-year-old carded two birdies and three bogies on the day.

Only five players under par in the third round. Four South Korean players and one American shot the only under-par rounds of the day at the SemGroup Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons. 19-year-old Na On Min led the way with a 3-under 68 in the third round. Joining her were Jee Young Lee (75-69=144, +2), Na Yeon Choi (75-70=145, +3), Heather Young (79-70=149, +7) and Jimin Kang (80-70=160, +10).

WD. Second-round withdrawals included Louise Stahle, Hana Kim, Grace Park, Brandie Burton, Seol-An Jeon and Yu Ping Lin.