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Kia Classic: Jiyai Shin opens three-stroke lead

March 25, 2011 |  3:49 pm

Shin1_600 Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who inherited the Rolex ranking as the top-rated women's golfer in the world last year when Lorena Ochoa retired, has jumped to a three-shot lead Friday at the Kia Classic. Shin is seven under par through 11 holes of her second round. She is at 10-under for the tournament.

First-round leader Amanda Blumenherst hasn't even teed off yet (she's scheduled to go at 3:50 p.m.) in the rain-delayed round and she almost certainly will have some ground to make up if she wants to stay close to Shin.

Chella Choi, another South Korean, is five-under so far Friday and has moved into a tie for third with American Michelle Wie. Choi, who was tied for 17th after the first round, is five-under through 17 holes Friday and Wie is one-under through 13 holes. Both are four shots behind Shin as is Germany's Sandra Gal, who doesn't tee off until 4:10 p.m.

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-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Jiyai Shin at the HSBC Women's Champions golf tournament at Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore last month. Credit: Stephen Morrison / EPA

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