Australia's Karrie Webb had an up-and-down day at The Nabisco Championship, but by the end, she was right where she wanted to be . . . at the top of the leaderboard, with a two-day total of 137, three strokes ahead of defending champion Dottie Pepper. The Dinah Shore Course at the Mission Hills Country Club played tough, with the cut for the first major of the year coming in at 151 (+7).
Webb, who retained the lead the entire day, birdied the first three holes, moving to eight-under. A bogey on 13 ended a string of nine straight pars. She rebounded from a bogey on 17 with a birdie on 18 to end the day two strokes higher than her first round score.
"There weren't a lot of good scores out there today so I am very happy where I am," said Webb.
Heading into the third round, Webb is quietly confident about her game.
"I missed four greens today, but most of them were just through the greens," commented Webb. "However, I think I hit the ball better today than yesterday. I gave myself a lot more chances and I don't feel like I putted overly bad. I am very happy with a three-under today."
Pepper shot even par for the day via a round that included two birdies and two bogeys.
"Nothing wonderful happened and nothing horrible happened either," said Pepper. "You know, major championship conditions, even par never hurts you and I think that's kind of the way today's round was. All in all, it was not a bad round."
Her two bogeys came on the 15th and 16th holes as the result of drives that missed the fairways to the right.
"I think it was the drives that hurt me in those two situations. It was a pretty good ball striking round through 14 holes and I just lost those two drives to the right, and like I said, I paid the price for it. It makes it pretty hard to make fours any time you miss the fairways here, and that is exactly what happened."
Chris Johnson shot the low round of the day, a four-under-par 68 to move to 141 (-3) and third place. Canada's Lorie Kane is in fourth place at 142, (-2) with England's Trish Johnson rounding out the top five at 143 (-1). The second day caused a split in the Thai twins' success: Aree Wongluekiet made the cut at 146 (+2), while her sister Naree missed the cut with 156 (+12). Aree and Beth Bauer, who finished at 150 (+6), are the two amateurs who made the cut.