Date: August 25, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Choi and Ko lead, Aussies well back

South Korea&aposs Chella Choi shot a blistering eight-under 64 to share the lead with teenage wonderkid Lydia Ko at the Canadian Women&aposs Open. Choi, who went even par in her opening round, carded eight birdies in the space of 10 holes to catapult herself into the lead, alongside 15-year-old Ko, who made it back-to-back rounds of four-under 68 on Friday. New Zealander Ko went bogey-free through her 18 holes, as she pursues another professional title to add to her maiden win in the New South Wales Open in January. The pair sit three shots clear of a quartet tied for third – Americans Angela Stanford and Moira Dunn, and South Koreans Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi – with Stanford and Dunn the best performed of the four with two-under 70s. Norwergian Suzann Pettersen was one of three level on four under, tied with South Korea&aposs Jiyai Shin and American Vicky Hurst. Overnight leader and world number one Yani Tseng of Taiwan had a day to forget, failing to register a birdie while recording one bogey and one double bogey to be three-over 75 for the second round and three-under overall. Tseng&aposs round was in stark contrast to her run of seven birdies in nine holes a day prior. Tseng is tied for 10th alongside Brittany Lang, Taylor Coutu and Jane Rah of the United States and South Korea&aposs Jenny Shin. Australians Katherine Hull and Karrie Webb are both in a tie for a 27th place at even par. Sarah Jane Smith will play the weekend after just making the cut at +3, but Lindsey Wright and Sarah Kemp both failed to make the cut. Click for LIVE SCORES