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Golf | Women`s Golf

Mariajo Uribe © Gallo Images

Uribe leads at Australian Women's Open



Colombia's Mariajo Uribe shot a six-under 67 on Friday to overtake South Korea's Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko and claim the second-round lead at the LPGA Tour-opening Women's Australian Open.

Uribe opened with a birdie after teeing off on the par-4 10th and made four more at Royal Canberra, including at the sixth and seventh as she moved to 15-under 131 and a one-stroke lead.

Two-time British Open-winner Shin fired eight birdies against two bogies for 67, sharing second with 15-year-old amateur Ko, who followed an opening round 63 with a 69.

Ko had five birdies in her round, but squandered a chance to retain a share of the lead when she dropped a bogey on the par-4 14th.

"I just thought 6-iron would be the club and I hit it well, but it just took a big bounce and it went straight over the green," she said.

Uribe, who turned pro in 2009, is chasing her first LPGA title and played a blemish-free round to follow her 64 Thursday.

Ko was grouped with top-ranked Yani Tseng (71), who finished eight strokes off the lead, and Michelle Wie, who looks likely to miss the cut after rounds of 74 and 73.

South Korean-born, New Zealand-based Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open last Sunday for her third victory in a professional tournament. Last year, she won the New South Wales Open in Australia to become the youngest player to win a pro tour event and the Canadian Open to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner. She also won the US Women's Amateur.

"Four under is a pretty good score out there," Ko said. "It's not an easy golf course. I'm pretty sure it is a pretty good score for me ... I putted well out there and played well."

Shin took an early lead after the morning session, despite conceding bogeys on the par-4 9th and 5th holes.

"I made a couple of bogeys today but I made more birdies," she said. "I hit it okay but (it was) just the wrong read, so I still have a good feeling at the moment and with my good tempo, I'll just keep doing that for the next couple of days too," Shin said.

Australia's Kristie Smith was fourth, five strokes off the lead after a 68, while Beatriz Recari was a shot further back after a 69.

LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES

131 - Mariajo Uribe (COL) 64 67

132 - Jiyai Shin (KOR) 65 67, Lydia Ko (NZL) 63 69

136 - Kristie Smith (AUS) 68 68

137 - Beatriz Recari (ESP) 68 69

138 - Holly Aitchison (ENG) 70 68, Sarah-Jane Smith (AUS) 68 70

139 - Gerina Piller (USA) 72 67, Yani Tseng (TPE) 68 71, Ayako Uehara (JPN) 66 73, Rebecca Artis (AUS) 72 67, Jessica Korda (USA) 70 69, Giulia Sergas (ITA) 67 72

140 - Jenny Shin (KOR) 71 69, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 70 70, Christel Boeljon (NLD) 72 68, Rebecca Lee-bentham (CAN) 66 74

141 - Carlota Ciganda (ESP) 71 70, Brooke Pancake (USA) 73 68, Min Jee Lee (AUS) 70 71, Kathlyn Ekey (USA) 71 70, Julieta Granada (PAR) 71 70, Vicky Hurst (USA) 69 72, Brittany Lincicome (USA) 71 70, Nikki Campbell (AUS) 71 70, Katherine Hull-kirk (AUS) 68 73, Stacy Prammanasudh (USA) 70 71

142 - Marianne Skarpnord (NOR) 72 70, Eun Hee Ji (KOR) 70 72, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 72 70, Lizette Salas (USA) 69 73, Cindy Lacrosse (USA) 71 71, Belen Mozo (ESP) 71 71, Danielle Kang (USA) 71 71, Il Hee Lee (KOR) 73 69, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 71 71, Jing Yan (CHN) 72 70, Dewi Claire Schreefel (NLD) 70 72, Veronica Felibert (VEN) 71 71

143 - Lexi Thompson (USA) 72 71, Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74 69, Stacy Lewis (USA) 69 74, Jennifer Rosales (PHL) 74 69, Karine Icher (FRA) 72 71, Ashlee Dewhurst (AUS) 73 70, Mi Hyang Lee (KOR) 66 77, Austin Ernst (USA) 69 74, Chella Choi (KOR) 74 69, Caroline Hedwall (SWE) 72 71, Thidapa Suwannapura (THA) 71 72, Angela Stanford (USA) 68 75

144 - So Yeon Ryu (KOR) 72 72, Christina Kim (USA) 72 72, Alison Walshe (USA) 71 73, Maria Hjorth (SWE) 73 71, Nicole Smith (USA) 72 72, Catriona Matthew (SCO) 69 75, Pornanong Phatlum (THA) 71 73, Cheyenne Woods (USA) 71 73, Sarah Kemp (AUS) 72 72, Beth Allen (USA) 70 74, Becky Brewerton (WAL) 69 75, Amy Hung (TPE) 72 72, Hannah Burke (ENG) 72 72, Bree Arthur (AUS) 73 71, Jane Park (USA) 70 74, Mi Jung Hur (KOR) 71 73, Becky Morgan (WAL) 72 72, Courtney Massey (AUS) 70 74

145 - Karrie Webb (AUS) 71 74, Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) 74 71, Su-Hyun Oh (AUS) 75 70, Jennifer Song (USA) 71 74, Stacey Keating (AUS) 74 71, Jessica Speechley (AUS) 72 73, Line Vedel (DNK) 73 72, Charlotte Ellis (ENG) 75 70, Kris Tamulis (USA) 73 72, Stephanie Sherlock (CAN) 74 71, Laura Davies (ENG) 71 74, Paolo Moreno (COL) 74 71, Gwladys Nocera (FRA) 74 71

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