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Asia Takes Commanding Lead in Lexus Cup Golf


Team Asia has a seven point lead over the International team after winning three of the best-ball matches Saturday at the Lexus Cup match-play women's golf competition in Perth, Australia.

Asia won three of the six best-ball matches Saturday with one match halved. Asian Captain Se Ri Pak and Kim In-Kyung of South Korea beat International Captain Annika Sorenstam of Sweden and Catriona Matthew of Scotland, 1-up.

Lee Jee Young and Lee Seon Hwa of South Korea downed Suzanne Pettersen of Norway and American Natalie Gulbis 2-up.

Internationals Angela Park of Brazil and Australian Nikki Campbell beat Asia's Jeong Jang and Shi Hyun Ahn 3 and 2. Americans Cristie Kerr and Nicole Castrale beat Sarah Lee and Meena Lee of South Korea 3 and 2. Amy Hung of Taiwan and Ji Yai Shin of South Korea beat American Brittany Lincicome and Maria Hjorth of Sweden 2 and 1.

Morgan Pressel and Stacy Prammanasudh of the United States halved their match with Candie Kung of Taiwan and Ayako Uehara of Japan.

The Asian team leads the Internationals 9.5 to 2.5. Asia needs only three wins in the 11 singles matches on Sunday to take the Cup. One singles match will be halved because players from both teams withdrew with injuries.

Total prize money is $960,000, with each member of the winning team taking home $50,000. The event is being played on the Vines Resort and Country Club course, a par-72 layout in Perth.

In the first Lexus Cup two years ago, the International team won 16-8 while Asia took last year's competition 12.5 to 11.5.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.