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The 19th hole

By BOB HARIG
Published June 25, 2005


BIRDIES

Chilie's Nicole Perrot shot her second straight 70 to take the second-round lead.

Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, playing alongside Annika Sorenstam, put together the round of the tournament, shooting 4-under-par 67 to move into contention.

Michelle Wie shot 73 but is just two shots out of the lead.

BOGEYS

It was a rough day for Sorenstam, who shot 75 and fell six strokes back.

Paula Creamer shot 69, battling back from being 3 over in her round to get to 4 under before giving three strokes back over the final four holes.

QUOTABLE

"Sometimes you can't analyze things. You have to let it go out and move on and have a fresh start."

- ANNIKA SORENSTAM, after a 4-over 75

DIVOTS

ANNIKA FAN: Among those who visited Cherry Hills Country Club to check out Sorenstam was fellow Swede Peter Forsberg, a center for the Colorado Avalanche. Forsberg is a 5-handicap golfer but said he is not playing to it because of injuries. He is recovering from dislocated bones in his left hand, which he suffered while playing in the Swedish Elite League during the NHL lockout. Sorenstam appreciated the support. "He's very, very popular at home," she said. "Ice hockey is a big sport. Everybody loves to watch him. I am a big fan of his. ... It's great for him to come out here. I appreciate that."

AMATEUR HOUR: For the second year in a row an amateur was tied for the first-round lead at the U.S. Women's Open. This time, there were two. Last year, Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 65 in the first round to lead. This year Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang were tied at 69 with pros Angela Stanford and Karine Icher. Wie, 15, is already a household name. But Lang, 19, is making her first U.S. Women's Open appearance after winning her sectional qualifier. She has won six college tournaments in two seasons at Duke, including two Atlantic Coast Conference titles. Lang played for the Blue Devils' national title team this year. She shot 77 on Friday to complete 36 holes at 146.

STAT OF THE DAY

Former U.S. Women's Open champion Laura Davies played the back nine for the first two rounds - a total of 18 holes - in 17 over par.

HOLE OF THE DAY

NO. 17

PAR-5, 531 YARDS

It was not the easiest hole at Cherry Hills, but it was certainly one where players expected to make a move. Sorenstam did. Backward. Looking to make up some ground during a lackluster round, Sorenstam instead bogeyed the hole, her second in a row. She missed the fairway and couldn't get to the green until her fourth shot. From there, she hit a couple of shaky putts for a 6, one of three straight bogeys to end the round.