Rolex Rankings No. 7 Karrie Webb shot a 3-under 69 in the second round of the HSBC Womenâ€™s Champions to increase her lead to two shots over American Angela Stanford.
Webb sits atop the leaderboard with a two-day total 9-under 135. Taiwanâ€™s Teresa Lu carded a 2-under 70 and is in solo third at 6-under par. A group of five players are in a tie for fourth and five shots back including Americans Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Danielle Kang and Swedenâ€™s Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall.
Webb had six birdies and three bogeys on the day and stretched her lead to three shots after a birdie on the par 4 6th hole. But Hedwall cut the lead to one shot after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. Webb responded with birdies of her own on Nos. 9 and 12 before some struggles late in the round.
â€œA few loose swings on the back nine today which didn`t happen yesterday but recovered pretty well from them, only two bogeys and to shoot 3-under, I think I`m pretty happy with that,â€ said Webb. â€œAnything on the 60s on this golf course is a good day.â€
She would drop shots on Nos. 13 and 15 pushing her to 8-under par and into a tie for the lead with Hedwall.
â€œ13 was a pretty soft bogey there, just missed the green there and really wasn`t a difficult up-and-down and didn`t get it up-and-down there,â€ said Webb. â€œMade a good up-and-down on the next for par, and then I hit it in the water off the tee on 15, so actually made a really good bogey in the end.â€
But Hedwall had a messy final stretch with a bogey-bogey-double bogey finish to drop her five shots off the lead.
â€œI was just playing solid golf and made a couple of birdies,â€ said Hedwall. â€œI felt really good about my game today it is just sad that I finished that way with two three putts and then this finish on 18.â€
Webb finished with a birdie on the par 3 17th hole to extended her lead to two shots.
No. 2 Suzann Pettersen eagled the 18th hole to finish 2-under par for the day and in a tie for ninth. She heads into the weekend six shots off the lead. The Norwegian needs to win this week to have a change to take over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Current No. 1 Inbee Park shot even-par 72 on Friday and is T13.
Katherine Kirk is the only other Australians in the limited field event, the Queenslander is tied for 35th position at two-over-par.