Date: November 22, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Smith in line for pay day

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Australia's Sarah Jane Smith has made a strong run at the LPGA's season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida to position herself for a huge pay day over the weekend.

The Queenslander only just made it into the field for the tour championship in 63rd place of 67 players in the field.

But she had a fine second round of 69 in windy conditions at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples today to move into a tie for fourth at five-under-par, just two shots back from the lead. She is also projected to finish just outside the top 10 in the Race to CME Globe rankings.

Ranked 148th in the world, Smith has been playing in America since 2005 but has never won an LPGA Tournament.

The other Australians, Karrie Webb (four-over) and Katherine Hull (seven-over) are well back at the halfway point.

The Tour Championship is worth $2 million with big bonuses for the leaders on the season-long points system.

The tournament is led by Paraguay's Julieta Granada and Carlota Ciganda of Spain.