Ai Miyazato seizes LPGA lead

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iol sport pic Ai Miyazato LPGA Tour Golf AP Ai Miyazato tees off on the 15th hole during the LPGA Titleholders golf tournament at Twin Eagles Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, William DeShazer)

Naples, Florida - Japan's Ai Miyazato collected nine birdies in an eight-under par 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead midway through the LPGA tour's season-ending Titleholders tournament.

Miyazato, seeking a third victory this season, had just one blemish on her card, a bogey at the par-five second hole.

She more than atoned, with five birdies on the front nine and four more on the back at TwinEagles for a 10-under total of 134

after two rounds.

She was one shot in front of South Korean Na Yeon Choi, the US Women's Open champion who carded a 68 for 135.

South Korea's Sun Young Yoo, part of a trio sharing the first-round lead, was two shots adrift until she was assessed a one-shot penalty for an improper drop.

That gave Yoo a one-under 71 and put her in a tie for third on 137 alongside France's Karine Icher (70), American Brittany Lincicome (69) and overnight co-leader Suzann Pettersen of Norway (71). - Sapa-AFP


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