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Golf: Liselotte Neumann Leads Franklin American Mortgage Championship


Swedish golfer Liselotte Neumann leads the rain-plagued Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tennessee at the halfway point Saturday, but more than half the field has not yet completed the second round.

Neumann, who did finish her round on Friday, is five strokes under par, at 139. Also at five-under are Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, the defending Franklin tournament champion, and South Korea's Han Hee-won, who were just beginning the back nine when darkness suspended play.

The Vanderbilt Legends Club course was soggy after two days of rain, and play was delayed up to four hours. Despite the adverse conditions, Ochoa had four birdies and no bogeys on the 11 holes she played. Neumann's round of 67 included a spectacular chipshot for an eagle on a short par-five hole, along with four birdies and a bogey.

Other finishers Friday included Americans Stacy Prammanasudh and Heather Bowie, who are 4-under- par. Tour veterans Laura Davies of Britain and Australia's Karrie Webb are among 73 players waiting to complete the second round.

World number-one Annika Sorenstam of Sweden is not competing in the Tennessee event.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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