Stanford blitz earns share of lead

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Angela Stanford has blazed into a share of the halfway lead with Ai Miyazato at the CN Canadian Women’s Open

US star Angela Stanford whipped up a back-nine storm on Friday to charge into a share of the halfway lead with Japan’s overnight leader Ai Miyazato at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Quebec.

Stanford picked up four shots in five holes after the turn and rolled in her seventh birdie putt of the day at the 17th to join the sweet-heart of the Japanese media on 11 under par.

The 33-year-old American closed with a solid par to cap a six-under 66, while Miyazato posted a 68 after carding three birdies over her final five holes

It took some time for both leaders to get on to their birdie streaks on Friday.

Stanford couldn’t get her putts to fall until after making the turn.

“I just had some better chances on the back, I thnk” The American said.

“There are a couple par 5s where you have good chances, but I was just trying to hit good shots and give myself opportunities and the putter’s started rolling so that’s good.

“I think any time you feel good about your putter, it’s probably better than feeling good about anything else. I haven’t had this feeling in a while, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“In the beginning of the round I was a little bit too much like too tough on myself,” said Miyazato who birdied three of her last five holes.

“So it was a little hard to make a gain. But I realized I’m too tough on myself. I just had a nice self talk and I got really patient. So that’s why I got a really good bounce back towards the end, so I’m very happy.”

Best of the Brits, Becky Morgan of Wales, covered the outward half in 32 and moved within two of the lead with further birdies at 14 and 16.

But then she dropped her first shots of the tournament at the last to hand in a 68 and slip into a tie for fourth alongside the likes of Sophie Gustafson, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and England’s Karen Stupples are also in contention six shots behind as 80 of the 155 contenders managed to break par for 36 holes in excellent scoring condituions.

TOP 10 LEADERBOARD

133 Ai Miyazato (Jpn) 65 68, Angela Stanford 67 66

135 Song-Hee Kim (Kor) 67 68

136 Brittany Lincicome 68 68, Paula Creamer 68 68, Seon Hwa Lee (Kor) 71 65, Michelle Wie 67 69, Gerina Piller 70 66, Becky Morgan (Wal) 69 67, Pernilla Lindberg (Swe) 65 71, Sophie Gustafson (Swe) 68 68

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