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Wie 1 back after second round

By Associated Press

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WATERLOO, Ontario >> Defending champion Hee Young Park and Shanshan Feng topped the second-round leaderboard Friday in the LPGA Tour's Manulife Financial Classic, a stroke ahead of Michelle Wie.

Park had a 5-under 66 to match Feng at 11-under 131 at Grey Silo. They are both bogey-free through 36 holes.

"The weather was lot better than first round," Park said. "I hit a lot of greens. My goal was try to leave uphill putts and that worked well. I think that makes me more comfortable."

Last year, Park beat Angela Stanford with a birdie on the third playoff hole after they finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.

"I have a lot of good feelings on this golf course," Park said.

Feng shot a 65.

"I'm really happy about my playing today because it's a bogey-free round again, six birdies," the Chinese player said.  "I think I did pretty well. ... I heard the weekend's supposed to be nice, so we need to go for many, many birdies."

Wie, the winner at Ko Olina in April, followed her opening 65 with a bogey-free 67. She's seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"Just wasn't getting anything close to the hole today," Wie said. "Just got a lot of putts close. But yeah, it's not a really easy golf course. Definitely, the wind was changing a lot today. There were a lot of times where I thought it was downwind and it was into the wind, so that was definitely difficult."

Anna Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, was 9 under after a 64 -- the best round of the week. The Swede, the winner in Thailand and Carlsbad, played her opening nine -- the back nine at Grey Silo -- in 5-under 30 and added birdies on Nos. 3 and 4.

"I got off to a really good start. I hit it good all day," Nordqvist said. "I think I hit all fairways and all greens, so that makes it a little bit easier. I'm a little bit disappointed with the last couple holes because I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in. Last one I left it about a roll short dead in the middle."

Second-ranked Inbee Park was four strokes back at 7 under after a 66. Stacy Lewis was 4 under after her second straight 69. She's making her first start since taking the top spot in the world from Inbee Park with a victory Sunday in New Jersey.

Third-ranked Lydia Ko also was 4 under after a 67.

Crane takes six-shot lead in rain-delayed St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> Ben Crane shot a 5-under 65 to open a six-stroke lead in the St. Jude Classic before heavy rain delayed play twice and forced the suspension of play for the day.

Crane birdied his final hole Thursday night for a 63 and rolled in a 44-footer for birdie to start the second round Friday morning. He had a 12-under 128 total at TPC Southwind, matching the winning score in relation to par last year.

Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn were tied for second at 6 under. Pettersson had one hole left, and Bohn had two to play.

Cochran, Perry team up to take Legends lead

RIDGEDALE, Mo. >> Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry teamed to birdie the final three holes for a share of the lead with Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk in the Champions Tour's rain-delayed Legends of Golf.

The leaders were at 10-under 61 after their better-ball rounds on the Buffalo Ridge course.

Funk and Sluman played the first nine holes in 7-under 28 and added three birdies on the back nine. In Savannah, Georgia, last year, Sluman teamed with Brad Faxon to win the Champions Division.

USC's Park leads the way as U.S. goes up 5-1 in Curtis Cup

ST. LOUIS >> Southern California's Annie Park won two matches in the Curtis Cup to help the United States take a 5-1 lead over Britain and Ireland at St. Louis Country Club.

The United States is trying to regain the cup after falling in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland. The loss was the Americans' first since 1996. The Americans lead the series 27-7-3.





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