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Jiyai Shin hopes to glide to victory

She has a one-shot lead after two rounds in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines.

September 19, 2009|Associated Press

Jiyai Shin has her Saturday at La Jolla all planned out. She'll try to protect her lead in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines, then go hang gliding over the nearby shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Shin, of South Korea shot a three-under-par 69 Friday to take a one-shot lead over No. 1-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato in the second round on the South Course.

Shin, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, has a 36-hole total of 135 atop the elite field of 20. She was 10 under for the tournament after sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-five 13th, but followed with a bogey and finished with four straight pars.

She admits to being scared of heights, but was intrigued by the hang gliders that float silently over the holes that line the cliffs adjacent to the Pacific.

"Yes, I want to try," she said. "But today, a couple of holes, I saw the hang gliders. this is scary. At the course, I told my caddie, 'I want to cancel because it looks so scary.' He says, 'It's fine, try it, try it, try it.' I will try it tomorrow. Maybe it will make a good feeling for me. Fly the sky."

Shin is coming off her LPGA Tour-leading third victory of the year, at the NW Arkansas Championship.

She was a bit more erratic than during her opening-round 66.

After her bogey on 14, "my shot is up and down," she said. "So it was really tough the last few holes. But I think No. 17, 18, it was a great save, save the par, so I feel good, a little bit tired. Today was a little bit long day."

Ochoa had a seesaw round of 69 that started with a bogey on No. 1 -- her first of four -- and ended with a 20-foot chip for eagle on 18. Her chip was from behind the hole, heading down toward the water.

Ochoa said she joked with her caddie that she was going to eagle 18 "just to make more of an up-and-down round, and we did, so it was kind of a funny way to finish. It really changed my position. I was really happy to make that eagle.

"It's a lot easier being as close to the leader than being a few back," she said. "I like where I am and I can't wait to be here tomorrow."

Miyazato, of Japan, made a late charge and might have tied Shin, but her second shot on the par-five 18th splashed into the pond that protects the green, leading to her only bogey of the day. As she stood over her third shot, the fountain in the pond suddenly turned on. It was quickly turned off. She finished with a 68.

"I was like kind of laughing," she said. "I was a little bit ashamed. But it's not Sunday," she said. "I still have two days, so I think I will be all right."

Sweden's Sophie Gustafson shot a 70 and was fourth at 137 as golfers benefited from calm conditions.

Haas shoots 62

Jay Haas shot a 10-under 62 during the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic, taking a three-shot lead into the weekend at Conover, N.C.

Haas is the 2005 tournament champion and tied for second two years ago. Gil Morgan was second after his 65, with Tom Jenkins, Jerry Pate and Nick Price another stroke back.

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