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Francella out of action, but holds MasterCard lead

3/12/2007 - Golf

HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico -- Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 2-under 70
in the second round Sunday to pull within a stroke of leader
Meaghan Francella in the MasterCard Classic, the rain-plagued LPGA
Tour event set for a Monday finish.


Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields
Open in Hawaii, played 16 holes Sunday in the rain-delayed second
round.

Francella didn't play Sunday after shooting her second straight
68 on Saturday to top the leaderboard at 8 under on the Bosque Real
course, the longest on the tour at 6,932 yards and also the highest
at about 8,000 feet above sea level.

"I'm still working on things. My swing doesn't feel completely
perfect. I guess it never does," Prammanasudh said. "I'm just
pleased to have played well today and hit some good shots to get
some birdies out there.

"You have to try to play the golf course. There are some tricky
holes out there and the elevation plays a big part in things and
picking the right club is definitely the key."

Play was delayed for 2 hours, 15 minutes during the afternoon,
then suspended for the day because of lighting. Only 44 of the 74
players who made the 36-hole cut started the third round Sunday.

South Korea's Seon-Hwa Lee was 6 under, and Annika Sorenstam,
the two-time defending champion making her first start of the year,
was 5 under along with Karin Sjodin and Becky Morgan.

"I'm very happy where my game is," Sorenstam said. "When you
get away from competition it's a little different. ... I try not to
think too much about other things. I just have to focus on my game
and hit one shot at a time."

Mexican star Lorena Ochoa and Giulia Sergas were 4 under.

"I came here with determination to win the tournament," Ochoa
said. "I feel very positive and happy and I have a lot of
confidence in my shots.

Prammanasudh played in a group with Ochoa.

"It was a little crazy out there with all the photographers,
media and all her fans," Prammanasudh said. "It's great to play
around that. They're clapping for everybody and cheering everyone
on, so it was just a wonderful atmosphere."