IRVING, Texas » Natalie Gulbis plays with tape wrapped around her achy left wrist. She has an appointment with a specialist next week to finally figure out what is causing the pain she has dealt with for much of the season.
In the meantime, Gulbis is contending for her first LPGA Tour victory in seven years.
Gulbis was tied with Texan Stacy Lewis at 7-under 135, putting the Americans a stroke behind leaders Meena Lee of South Korea and Caroline Masson of Germany after two rounds in the North Texas LPGA Shootout.
With a 65 on Friday, Gulbis had her first sub-70 round this year.
"I haven’t played a lot this year, and I haven’t played very well in the events I’ve played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies," Gulbis said. "It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn’t seen yet this year."
Masson, who led after the first two rounds of the inaugural North Texas event last year before tying for 15th, had five birdies and a bogey for her second 67.
Lewis, the No. 3 player in the world, had a bogey-free 64 to match Lee for the best second-round score at Las Colinas Country Club. Lewis had four consecutive birdies before finishing with seven straight pars, and Lee played her first nine holes — the back nine — without a par.
Hawaii’s Michelle Wie was 2 under after a 73, her first score over par in 16 rounds. That dropped her to a tie for 22nd. Brittany Fan of Hawaii shot 79-74 to miss the cut.
Seventy-four players made the cut, which was 2 over. There will be a second cut after Saturday’s third round to the top 50 and ties.
Cabrera back in position to win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. » Angel Cabrera never knows when he’s going to play his best golf. This could be shaping up as one of those weeks at the Wells Fargo Championship.
On a Quail Hollow course that lets the Argentine hit driver on just about every hole, two exquisite short-game shots late in the second round carried Cabrera to a 3-under 69 on Friday and a share of the lead with Martin Flores going into the weekend.
It was the first time Cabrera had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The last time he was part of the lead after any round was in the 2013 Masters.
Justin Rose was a shot back after a 67.
Langer, Bryant tied atop Insperity
THE WOODLANDS, Texas » Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational.
Langer matched Bryant at 6-under 66 at The Woodlands Country Club. Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands.
Defending champion Esteban Toledo was a stroke back.
Panuphol finishes strong for lead
SINGAPORE » Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat birdied two of his last three holes to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of The Championship at Laguna National.
Panuphol had a 4-under 68 for a two-round total of 13-under 131. American David Lipsky (68) was tied for second with Australia’s Scott Hend (65) and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar (67).