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Webb holds two-shot lead as play is suspended
Feb 17, 2012

Karrie Webb, 2012 Honda LPGA Thailand
Karrie Webb

LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb held a two-shot lead at 10-under-par when second-round play at the Honda LPGA Thailand was suspended at 4:58 p.m. due to lightning in the area. A total of 14 players remained on the course was play was officially called for the day at 5:15 p.m.

Webb, who has four holes remaining, was six-under-par in her round on Friday which featured five birdies, one bogey and a hole-in-one on the par 3 12th hole. Sitting two shots back of Webb at 8-under-par when play was halted are Rolex Rankings No. 7 Jiyai Shin and No. 12 Amy Yang. Shin fired an 8-under-par 66 while Yang was 4-under on her round through 14 holes.

One day after Paula Creamer recorded her first career LPGA hole-in-one on the 12th hole of the Old Course at Siam Country Club, it was Webb's turn to tally an ace of her own on the hole.

Webb holed out from 159 yards with a 6-iron on the 12th hole en route to taking the outright lead when second-round play was halted. It was Webb's fifth career hole-in-one on the LPGA Tour with her last coming in the third round of the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

I didn't get to see it today but I hit exactly the shot I wanted," Webb said. "So it's always a little bit lucky for the ball to go in but being such a great shot, it's a great reward. I think the most fun is to write 1 on the scorecard."

Second-round play was suspended at 2:00 p.m. due to lightning in the area and resumed at 3:28 p.m. following an hour and 28 minute delay.

Play was then suspended again at 4:58 p.m. due to lightning in the area and was officially called for the day at 5:15 p.m. Second-round play will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Yani Tseng was blunt in her assessment of her play in Thursday's opening round when she shot a 1-over 73, saying "I'm very disappointed with the round. The course is not really hard and to shoot 1-over is really kind of sad."

With how well Tseng has typically bounced back from difficult rounds, it's no surprise that she bounced back again on Friday with a 7-under 65 to move right near the top of the leaderboard. Tseng was asked what the biggest difference was in her two rounds, and while she joked that her post-round massage on Thursday night might have helped, the key was really getting some confidence back.

"I know that I can play well on this golf course and I know I can do this," Tseng said. "I kept telling myself just focus on tomorrow. Today when I got to the golf course I feel great and I tell my caddy, Jason, I'm going to shoot 7-under today to get back into the top position. And I did."

Tseng capped off her stellar round with an eagle on the par-5 18th. She knocked her 207 yard second shot to within 8 feet of the hole and sank the downhill, right breaking putt to put an exclamation point on what was already an impressive round.

"My caddy, Jason, helped me out a little bit with my alignment this morning on the green," Tseng said of her putting. "I checked my hands a little bit, my club face and it seemed to be going pretty well. I know I have more confidence when I make a few putts so everything after that seemed to go pretty well."

Sweden native Caroline Hedwall made quite a splash during last year's Solheim Cup when she earned 2 ½ points for the European Team. And she continues to make a strong impression in her second year on the LPGA Tour after shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday to vault up the leaderboard at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

"I'm very happy with how I played today," said Hedwall. "I played solid yesterday as well but today I just made a few more putts and that helped. Iron play is really the part of the game that needs to work this week. I've been hitting my irons really well and giving myself a lot of good birdie opportunities."

Hedwall spent the early part of 2011 playing the majority of her events on the Ladies European Tour. She won three European Tour events to finish as the 2011 LET Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. But while Hedwall only played in six LPGA events during her rookie season, she managed to finish 64th on the 2011 LPGA Money List and give herself top status heading into 2012.

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