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Route 66 for Davies

Laura Davies moved into second place after a superb second-round 66 in the one million dollar PageNet Tour Players' Championship in Las Vegas today - but still faces a tough challenge to catch leader Se Ri Pak.

Laura Davies moved into second place after a superb second-round 66 in the one million dollar PageNet Tour Players' Championship in Las Vegas today - but still faces a tough challenge to catch leader Se Ri Pak.

The South Korean staged a repeat of her opening 66 to move to 12 under 132 and into a five-shot lead over Davies and six ahead of a group of four on 138 that included the top two players on tour this season, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster.

Davies, the defending champion, had four birdies but the highlight of the flawless round and was an eagle at the 367-yard 12th where she holed her seven iron second shot.

And she certainly has not given up hope of closing the gap on Pak.

"I know that if I was in her position I wouldn't feel safe," Davies said.

"Obviously, she is playing very well and she is a great player. But we're only at halfway and I certainly don't think it is over. There are a lot of birdie and eagle chances out there."

But it was a disappointing second day for Scotland's Janice Moodie, who had set out one behind playing partner Pak. After a 74 - which included three visits to water - she was back on three under and in eighth place.

But Pak hit the form that saw her capture two majors in a spectacular rookie 1998 season. The 22-year-old reached the turn in 32 with birdies at the second, third, sixth and seventh and she made three in a row from the 10th.

But she eventually proved she was human with a bogey at the 18th where she drove into rough and bunkered her second.

Catriona Matthew and Helen Dobson, the other two British players in the elite 30-strong field, both improved with second rounds of 70 and finished on two under at 142 and two over at 146 respectively.

Leading second-round scores (US unless stated):

132 - SR Pak (S Kor) 66 66137 - L Davies (GB) 71 66138 - L Kane (Can) 68 70, K Webb (Aus) 68 70, J Inkster 70 68, N Scranton 69 69140 - K Robbins 68 72141 - J Moodie (GB) 67 74142 - C Matthew (GB) 72 70, C McCurdy 73 69, A Sorenstam (Swe) 73 69, B Daniel 73 69143 - M H Kim (S Kor) 73 70, S Steinhauer 72 71, A Fukushima (Japan) 72 71 144 - R Jones 73 71, B Iverson 71 73145 - M Hjorth (Swe) 71 74, J Lidback (Peru) 73 72, R Hetherington (Aus) 70 75146 - H Dobson (GB) 76 70, M Lunn (Aus) 74 72, L Neumann (Swe) 76 70, S Turner 77 69, H Alfredsson (Swe) 74 72, K Kuehne 72 74147 - E Klein 74 73, J Stephenson (Aus) 71 76149 - M Mallon 75 74, T Barrett 74 75

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