Na Yeon Choi is in a three-way tie for the lead
Laurent Cipriani/AP
Saturday, July 25, 2009

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France(AP)-- Ai Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to share the second-round lead at the Evian Masters and Michelle Wie was eight shots back after a 70.

Miyazato shares the lead at 9-under 135 with joint first-round leader Na Yeon Choi of South Korea (68) and Becky Brewerton of Wales, who bogeyed the 16th and 17th to shoot 68.

``Obviously there's a touch of disappointment because I got to go 11-under. This is a really tough course to not have any bogeys,'' Brewerton said. ``It would have been quite an achievement not to. Disappointed I did it at the end, but I would have taken 68 at the start of the day.''

In-Kyung Kim of South Korea, the other first-round co-leader, was a shot back in fourth.

``This is my fifth time in Evian, but I haven't been playing good the last four years, so I am happy with that,'' Miyazato said. ``I made my first birdie on 3 today, that was a pretty long putt, like 6 meters. After that, I (managed to) keep it going.''

Despite a double bogey on the fourth, Wie hit five birdies in her round to retain a chance of gaining points for a place on the U.S. Solheim Cup team for next month's matchup against Europe.

After finishing Thursday's opening round at 3 over, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa began her second round with bogeys on the first two holes. But the Mexican made a string of birdies to shoot a 69 to be at even par.

Brewerton is vying for a place on Europe's team after her rookie appearance two years ago.

Song-Hee Kim of South Korea hit five consecutive birdies on the front nine in shooting a 66 to be two shots behind the leaders. Sophie Gustafson of Sweden and Yuko Mitsuka of Japan also shot 66s and are at 7 under, along with Karine Icher of France (69).

Defending champion Helen Alfredsson of Sweden (69), who is bidding for a fourth Evian title, was at 5 under.

Brewerton made birdies on Nos. 2, 3 and 5, while an eagle at the seventh and another birdie early on the back nine moved her to 11 under.

After winning the Spanish Open last week, the 26-year-old from Wales is finding her best career form.

Veteran Laura Davies, the 1987 U.S. Women's Open champion and a two-time Evian Masters winner, is so impressed by Brewerton that she fears losing her own place on the Solheim Cup team.

``If she keeps going like this, she's going to be an automatic (pick) in the points. She'll knock me out and I won't be playing,'' Davies said.

Several players mentioned how much slower than usual the greens are this year.

``They are playing slower than they have in years past,'' said Natalie Gulbis, the 2007 champion. ``The course is tough and playing longer than it has.''

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