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Wie slips out of contention as Tseng maintains lead

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Just as she did a week ago, Michelle Wie shot herself out of contention with a second-round meltdown.

While there was no nine on a hole, like she carded in last week's Evian Masters, Wie had two double bogeys en route to a 4-over 76 at the Women's British Open in Southport, England.

Wie, who shot a 2-under 70 in the first round and was two shots back to start the day, hit her first shot out of bounds. She finished with a birdie on the 18th and has a two-round total of 2-over 146. She now trails leader Yani Tseng (68--136) by 10 shots.

Last week, Wie shot a 68 in the first round and a 77 in the second.

The 21-year-old Tseng, playing in calm, dry morning conditions at Royal Birkdale, had five birdies and a bogey in the second round. She won the Kraft Nabisco in April for her second major title and third LPGA Tour title.

"There was no wind this morning and it was very calm, so it was nice out there," said Tseng. "The course played totally different than what we played the last three days, so it was really nice."

LPGA Championship winner Cristie Kerr (67), Brittany Lincicome (71) and Amy Yang (71) were tied for second.

Rain washed over Royal Birkdale in the afternoon, making things difficult for the late starters -- including defending champion Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who missed the cut by seven strokes after making a 10 at the par-four 13th hole.

Her tee shot landed in a bush, and she eventually found the deep rough near the green. After three tries to hack her way out of it, Matthew ended up taking a penalty drop, chipping onto the green and two-putting for her 10 -- only to birdie the par-3 next hole. She finished 12 over.

 

Langer leads by 2

Bernhard Langer has himself in position for a second consecutive major championship.

Langer overcame a shaky front nine with an eagle and a birdie on the inward half to take the lead at 3 under in the second round of the U.S. Senior Open at Sammamish, Wash.

After a fog delay of more than two hours brought play to a halt just before 8 a.m., Langer shot a 2-under 68, making key putts on the back nine. Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday at Carnoustie.

No one in the afternoon rounds was able to match Langer. John Cook was two back after a 68, along with J.R. Roth. Tom Watson and Fred Couples shot 70s to stay three back.

Former Kailua resident Scott Simpson had five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey en route to a 1-over 71 and a two-day total of 1-over 141.

Oahu Country Club members, Dave Eichelberger and Larry Stubblefield, failed to make the cut.

Eichelberger had three birdies and seven bogeys for a 4-over 74 and a two-day total of 12-over 152. Stubblefield shot a 79 and finished 25 over.

 

62 helps Overton take lead

Jeff Overton shot an 8-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead midway through the inaugural Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Overton, winless in five years on the PGA Tour, shot the low round of the tournament, using wedges on all but one approach shot during a bogey-free round on the Old White course. He was at 14-under 126.

Boo Weekley, healthy after tearing a labrum in his left shoulder a year ago, was 10 under after a 63. Jimmy Walker (64) and double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton (68) were 9 under.

Former Kaneohe resident Dean Wilson shot an even-par 70 and is 10 shots back at 4-under 136. Wilson had 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey. Wilson finished second in last week's Canadian Open.

 

Fisher shoots 61

England's Ross Fisher shot a 10-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead in the Irish Open at Killarney, Ireland.

Fisher had 10 birdies in 12 holes -- including six in a row -- in his bogey-free round to reach 12-under 130 at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. He was in position to become the first player to shoot a 59 on the PGA European Tour after reaching 10 under on the 14th hole, but missed three late birdie putts. Italy's Francesco Molinari (66) was second.






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