Pressel joins three atop leaderboard at LPGA's Safeway Classic

Sunday, August 20, 2006

With a 25-foot putt from the fringe on the final hole of the day, LPGA Tour rookie Morgan Pressel grabbed a share of the lead in the Safeway Classic going into the final round.

Pressel finished the second round with a 69 for a 7-under 137 at Columbia-Edgewater Golf Club in Portland, Ore.

She joins Jenna Daniels, Jeong Jang and Candie Kung on top heading into today's final round.

Six others were one stroke off the pace at 6 under atop a crowded leaderboard on the par-72, 6,327 course near Portland International Airport.

Daniels had a 1-under 71 on Saturday. She bogeyed her first three holes, but recovered with the help of six birdies -- including a key birdie on No. 17 after a tee shot into the trees.

Kung shot a 66 while Jang had a 68 in a threesome with Allison Hanna.

Pat Hurst had a 69 for the second straight day to put her in the group at 6 under.

Champions Tour

Don Pooley shot a 7-under 65 and took a one-stroke lead over Scott Simpson and first-round leader Massy Kuramoto in the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Pooley, who turns 55 next week, finished at 12-under 132 on the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge course. Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, was at 11 under following a career-best round of 61 that included 11 birdies, seven on the back nine.

Kuramoto, who opened with a then course-record 9-under 63 on Friday, stumbled early in the second round of the Champions Tour event but recovered for a 2-under 70 to tie Simpson at 133.

Three others were tied at 9-under 135, including Tom Kite, who made an early afternoon charge.

-- The Associated Press

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