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Two-way tie at Women's British; Wie out after 80

Sweden's Annika Sorenstam gestures on the 18th green during her second round at the Women's British Open Golf  championships at Sunningdale, England.
Sweden's Annika Sorenstam gestures on the 18th green during her second round at the Women's British Open Golf championships at Sunningdale, England. AP

SUNNINGDALE, England -- Yuri Fudoh of Japan and Ji-Yai Shin of South Korea shot a 4-under 68 Friday at the Women's British Open to lead by one stroke and equal the halfway record.

Meanwhile, Annika Sorenstam struggled to a 72 and barely made the cut.

Fudoh and Shin were at 10-under 134. American Juli Inkster (70) was one shot back, while South Korean Bo Bae Song (68) and American Cristie Kerr (65) were two behind at 136.

Sorenstam stumbled over the front nine for the second day in a row, bogeying Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

After shooting 72 on Thursday, Sorenstam was at 3 over after seven holes and in danger of failing to make it to the weekend of her final major before she quits tournament golf at the end of the year.

The 37-year-old Swede, owner of 10 majors and 72 career titles on the LPGA Tour, responded with birdies at the ninth, 10th and 11th holes to finish at even-par 144 -- it took a 1-over-par 145 to make the cut.

"Ever since I made my announcement, I've just not been able to get anything going," Sorenstam said. "I don't know what it is."

The 48-year-old Inkster, aiming to become the oldest winner of a women's major, followed up her opening-round 65.

"It was a lot harder today," she said. "I kind of just managed my game today. The wind was going different ways."

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa (68) was three shots off the lead, along with Natalie Gulbis (68) and Ai Miyazato (69).

American Laura Diaz (72) was four shots back despite making three eagles Friday, the third time it's been done on the LPGA Tour.

"I've never had two," Diaz said. "I know it's a record for me and I was hoping it was an LPGA record. I was going for the fourth at 14, but I ran it by (from 30 feet). I thought I hit a good putt, went past it, didn't even make birdie."

Inbee Park, who won the Women's U.S. Open a month ago, missed the cut with a 74-75--149.

LEGENDS RENO-TAHOE OPEN -- Michelle Wie failed in her eighth attempt to make the cut on the PGA Tour, shooting a second-round 80 Friday.

Parker McLachlin tied the course record with a 62 to take a four-stroke lead at 130.

Wie shot a 1-over-par 73 Thursday as she attempted to become the first woman since World War II to make the cut on the PGA Tour. But a quintuple-bogey 9 Friday helped push her to 9-over 153 at the par-72 Montreux Golf & Country Club.

Wie, 18, had two bogeys and one birdie through her first nine holes and was within striking distance of the even-par cut line at the 7,472-yard mountain course.

But she had a double bogey on her 13th hole of the day after she hit her second shot over the green into heavy rough on the 518-yard, par-5 No. 4. A quintuple-bogey 9 came four holes later on the 464-yard, par-4 eighth, when she had to take two penalty strokes.

McLachlin birdied seven of the last 10 holes and had 10 on the day in a bogey-free round. His hot wedge play put him within 7 feet of the pin seven times -- twice inside 2 feet and once to 4 inches.

Larry Mize, who turns 50 in September and hasn't won on tour since 1993, followed an opening round 68 with a 66 in windier afternoon conditions to get to 10-under 134. He's tied with Australian Nick Flanagan (65), John Merrick (67) and England's Brian Davis (67).

NATIONWIDE TOUR, at Omaha, Neb. -- Matt Hansen of Atwater fired a 5-under 66 and is at 136 after two rounds of the Cox Classic. Modesto's Matt Bettencourt carded a 71 for a 140 and missed the cut by two. Ryan Hietala (64-62--126) leads by two.

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