Kane looks for first career win

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Lorie Kane fired a 6-under-par 66 to take the lead after the second round of the LPGA Michelob Light Classic in Eureka, Missouri, on Saturday.

Lorie Kane fired a 6-under-par 66 to take the lead after the second round of the LPGA Michelob Light Classic in Eureka, Missouri, on Saturday.

Kane, who has never won on the LPGA tour, played her second bogey-free round at Fox Run Golf Club to put her at 10-under for the tournament and give her a two-shot lead over Rosie Jones.

Kane had six birdies, highlighted by a chip from the fringe on the 18th hole. Kane is the only player in the field not to have made a bogey through two rounds of the 54-hole event.

Jones shot her second consecutive 68 to claim sole possession of second place at 8-under. Jones birdied two of her last three holes to shave Kane's lead in half.

Sally Dee is in third at 7-under.

The group tied for fourth, a shot behind Dee, is led by Jeong Jang of South Korea who shot 65 on Saturday to tie the course record. Also at 6-under is Michelle Estill who shot 68.

Kane, 18th on the LPGA money list, has finished second nine times in her five-year professional career. She finished second in February at the Australian Lady Masters for her best finish this year.

Kane opened the second round tied for fourth and after making two birdies on the front nine, she closed with a rush to seize a commanding lead. She birdied three of her last four holes, including her birdie chip on 18, to distance herself from the field.

The final round will mark the first time Kane has held sole possession of the lead entering a final round. Kane finished third in last year's Michelob Light Classic.

The first-round leaders, Pat Hurst, Kristi Albers and Rachel Hetherington, had their problems Saturday. Hurst was at 5-under after shooting even par, and Albers and Hetherington shot 1-over 73s to finish at 4-under.

The much anticipated shootout between the top two players on the LPGA money list, Karrie Webb and Anika Sorenstam, never materialised on Saturday. The marquee players on the LPGA tour started the day at even-par and finished the second round tied at 3-under.

Sorenstam is attempting to win the tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

Leading scores after the second round of the $800,000 Michelob Light Classic, played on the 6,452-yard, par-72 Fox Run Golf Club course (a-denotes amateur):

Lorie Kane 68-66-134 Rosie Jones 68-68-136 Sally Dee 68-69-137 Jeong Jang 73-65-138 Michelle Estill 70-68-138 Barb Whitehead 70-69-139 Amy Fruhwirth 70-69-139 Pat Hurst 67-72-139 Sara Sanders 72-68-140 Meg Mallon 71-69-140 Karen Stupples 70-70-140 Catriona Matthew 69-71-140 Kristi Albers 67-73-140 Rachel Hetherington 67-73-140 Karrie Webb 72-69-141 Annika Sorenstam 72-69-141 Joanne Morley 72-69-141 Dawn Coe-Jones 71-70-141 Shani Waugh 75-67-142 Hiromi Kobayashi 74-68-142 Audra Burks 73-69-142 A.J. Eathorne 71-71-142 Jenny S. Park 69-73-142 Wendy Ward 75-68-143 Mi Hyun Kim 74-69-143 Dale Eggeling 72-71-143 Dorothy Delasin 72-71-143 Lisa DePaulo 71-72-143 Kim Saiki 71-72-143 Caroline Blaylock 71-72-143 Nancy Harvey 70-73-143 Dina Ammaccapane 70-73-143 Marisa Baena 75-69-144 Kelli Kuehne 74-70-144 Nancy Scranton 73-71-144 Nancy Ramsbottom 73-71-144 Patti Liscio 73-71-144 Jackie Gallagher-Smith 73-71-144 Alicia Dibos 73-71-144 Kellee Booth 73-71-144 Maggie Will 72-72-144 Susie Redman 72-72-144 Carolyn Hill 71-73-144 Laura Philo 71-73-144 Lori Atsedes 70-74-144