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Na Yeon Choi stretches lead to three shots
August 21, 2011

Na Yeon Choi took a three-stroke lead in the Safeway Classic on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 69 to reach 8 under on Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Ghost Creek course.

The South Korean star, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Choi had three birdies and a bogey in the second round after reeling off seven consecutive birdies in her opening 65.

Stacy Lewis was second after a 68. She started the round with four consecutive birdies, but dropped three strokes with bogeys at Nos. 5, 9 and 10.

Mika Miyazato (67) was third at 3 under.

Brittany Lincicome (68), Ryann O'Toole (69) and Grace Park (73) were 2 under.

Defending champion Ai Miyazato (74) was 10 strokes back at 2 over, and Michelle Wie (73) was 5 over.

Christina Kim, trying to hold onto the last of the 10 automatic spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, was 4 over after a 72. No. 11 Katie Futcher missed the cut with rounds of 76 and 78, No. 12 Kristy McPherson was 3 over after a 72, and No. 13 Vicky Hurst was 1 over after a 72.

Rosie Jones will add two captain's picks after the tournament for the Sept. 23-25 matches against Europe at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Michele Redman, playing in her last tour event before she takes over as the women's golf coach at the University of Minnesota, missed the cut with rounds of 79 and 76.



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