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Stanford hits the front

Last updated: 10th November 2012

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Standford: Taking charge

Standford: Taking charge

Angela Stanford carded a five-under par 67 to move two shots clear of the field at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational after two rounds.

Having headed into Friday's running in a three-way tie for the lead, Stanford stood tall while those around her struggled to match their first round scores.

The American took the turn in 32 thanks to four birdies and added a further two on the back nine to take a two-shot lead and a score of 11-under despite a bogey on the 15th.

The 34-year-old is hopeful of maintaining her rhythm heading into the weekend.

"I am still working on things in my golf swing, so that's kind of good, 'cause it gives me something to think about," she said.

"But a lot of it is rhythm. The toughest part of this golf course for me is the first four holes. So if I can get through the first four holes and have a little bit of rhythm going on for the first four holes, then that'll be good."

Stanford's closest challenger is Inbee Park who managed five birdies in the first nine holes but struggled to keep up that pace for the remainder of her round, ending with a 68.

The South Korean is currently engaged in a battle with Stacy Lewis for the Player of the Year crown and needs to win this week and next if she is to have a hope of hauling in the American. However, despite being well positioned, Park is not too upbeat about her chances.

"I mean, after last week, I kind of looked at it, and then, I mean, it's really almost impossible to catch Stacy," she said.

"I played with Stacy the last two days and she was playing really great. I think it's almost impossible for the Player of the Year. I'll just give my best and just see what happens. I mean, Stacy's playing great, too so, I think it's not going to be easy."

Lewis is currently in a group of three players on seven-under, one behind Cristie Kerr who is on her own in third at eight-under.

There was disappointment for joint first round leader Michelle Wie who struggled to a 75 and dropped back to joint ninth.



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