Pressel's hard work puts her in the lead

Associated Press
Morgan Pressel's 7-under-par 65 helped to separate her from a crowded group of leaders.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. --- Morgan Pressel, intensifying her practice routines as she moves beyond her teens, shot 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen midway through the Wegmans LPGA.


"You always have to be working ... harder, because otherwise you are going to be passed pretty quickly out here," Pressel, the youngest major winner in LPGA Tour history, said after a second bogey-free round broke open a leaderboard logjam and got her to 10-under 134.

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot 70 to fall into a tie for 17th at 2-under. Annika Sorenstam (72), who is stepping away from the tour at the end of the year, finished her second round at 1-over and narrowly avoided missing a cut for the first time in 40 events dating to May 2006.

Pettersen, a five-time tour winner last year, chipped in for birdie on No. 9 -- her last hole -- to match Pressel's 65 and get to 9-under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Concord, Mass., Tom Kite matched the course record with 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead in the Bank of America Championship.

Kite birdied the first three holes at Nashawtuc Country Club and played the front nine in 6-under-par 30. Two strokes ahead of Mark McNulty and David Eger, Kite matched the tournament record set in 2003 by former Augustan Allen Doyle.

"It's nice to have something to get excited about," said Kite, winless since 2006.

Kite, McNulty and defending champion Jay Haas played in the same threesome and had a cumulative score of 20-under. Haas, seeking his third consecutive Champions Tour victory, made the group's only bogey, on the par-4 12th en route to 68.

Augusta native Jim Dent opened with 3-over-par 75, while Doyle shot 76.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Munich, Germany, Martin Kaymer shot 9-under-par 63 to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the BMW International Open.

Kaymer leads at 13-under 131. Francois Delamontagne (66) and Benn Barham (68) share second.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who leads the European money list, struggled to 75 and missed the cut of 1-under. John Daly (72) also missed the cut.

Former Augusta State golfer Gary Murphy (70) is 3-under.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., D.J. Brigman matched the best round of the day, 8-under-par 64, for a 13-under 131 total and a two-shot lead through two rounds of the Knoxville Open.

First-round co-leader Jarrod Lyle (67) is two strokes back.

Augusta's Scott Parel (69) is tied for 30th at 5-under. Former Thomson resident Franklin Langham missed the cut after his 78 left him at 20-over.

PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: In Lake Oconee, Scott Hebert shot 1-under 71 on the Great Waters course to take a one-stroke lead at Reynolds Plantation.

The 39-year-old Hebert, a former Ferris State player based at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Michigan, had a 6-under 138 total after opening with 67.



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