Miyazato and Stanford Share Second Round Lead
Ai Miyazato shot a four under 68 on Friday to maintain a share of the lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Open getting to 11 under par for the week. Miyazato was joined at 11 under by Angela Stanford who posted a 6 under 66.
Miyazato’s round didn’t really take off until the 14th hole. She was only one under for the day after the 13th but made birdies on three of her last five holes. “In the beginning of the round I was a little bit too much like too tough on myself,” Miyazato said. “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.”
Stanford also took advantage of the back nine at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club posting an inward 31 which included five birdies. “I just had some better chances on the back,” Stanford 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. The putter’s 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.”
Two shots behind the leaders is Song Hee Kim (68) and three shots back is Seon Hwa Lee who had the low round of the day, a 65. Eight golfers are at 8 under including defending champion Michelle Wie (69), first round co-leader Pernilla Lindberg (71), Paula Creamer (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).
Sherri Steinhauer who played 26 years on the LPGA Tour and won eight times including two majors, played her final round on Friday. As she walked up the 18th fairway she carried a lit torch and when she reached the green she symbolically passed it to Vicky Hurst who will play in her first Solheim Cup later this year.
“It’s been a great run,” said Steinhauer. “Golf has been so good to me, the LPGA has been great to me, and to finish on the last hole and have a lot of the players and caddies back there was really special. I thought I was going to hold the tears, but that was really emotional to see all the support from all the players and caddies. It was very special.”
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