Scranton maintains lead

Nancy Scranton used another dazzling iron display to take a two-stroke lead over Australian star Karrie Webb in the AFLAC Champions in Mobile, Alabama.

Nancy Scranton used another dazzling iron display to take a two-stroke lead over Australian star Karrie Webb in the AFLAC Champions in Mobile, Alabama.

Scranton shot a 3-under-par 69 for a 10-under 134 total on Magnolia Grove's Crossings Course on Friday. Webb, a six-time winner this year, charged up the leaderboard with a 67, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 16th hole.

"When I play well, my irons are the strength of my game," Scranton said. "I've felt real comfortable with my irons the last couple of days."

Webb, who needs a top-10 finish to clinch the LPGA Player of the Year award, has already wrapped up the LPGA money title and needs to win one of her final two tournaments to have a chance to become the first woman to win dlrs 2 million in a season.

"It all depends on the weather, but if we get two more days like the first two, this could be a shootout," said Webb.

Beth Daniel, Pat Hurst, Michele Redman and Barb Mucha were at 7 under, and Dottie Pepper and Sherri Steinhauer are 6 under. Pepper birdied four of the last six holes for a 67.

Scranton started the day with a one-stroke lead and promptly birdied the first hole, hitting a 6-iron within 8 feet of the pin for the first of her five birdies. Her other birdie putts came from 4 feet on No. 6, 8 feet on No. 8, 5 feet on No. 7 and - her longest one in two days - an 18-foot shot at the 15th.

"I keep saying it, but the key out here is being on the right level of the green, and so far I've been able to do that," Scranton said. "It's nice to have the lead, but I'd like a bigger one."

Particularly with Webb chasing her.

Webb slipped down the leaderboard with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 15, but she bounced right back with an eagle and a birdie at 16 and 17 to jump into second place.

"I was actually pretty happy to make a bogey at No. 15," Webb said. "Even though I made two bogeys in a row I knew I still had three chances left and 16 was a birdie hole. I put a great swing on a 5-wood on 16 and made eagle and that was a big swing of momentum."

Webb's strong 5-wood shot ended up 6 feet from the pin, setting up that eagle. On the par-3 17th, she hit a 7-iron 4 feet from flag to get to 8 under.

Scores after the second round of the $50,000 AFLAC Champions, played on the 6,231-yard, par-72 The Crossings course:

Nancy Scranton 65-69-134 Karrie Webb 69-67-136 Pat Hurst 70-67-137 Michele Redman 69-68-137 Beth Daniel 68-69-137 Barb Mucha 66-71-137 Dottie Pepper 71-67-138 Sherri Steinhauer 68-70-138 Alison Nicholas 71-68-139 Mi Hyun Kim 69-70-139 Rosie Jones 67-72-139 Kelli Kuehne 67-72-139 Laura Davies 73-67-140 Pearl Sinn 71-69-140 Se Ri Pak 70-70-140 Wendy Ward 69-71-140 Laurel Kean 67-73-140 Rachel Hetherington 75-66-141 Brandie Burton 70-71-141 Tammie Green 69-72-141 Janice Moodie 70-72-142 Sophie Gustafson 70-72-142 Donna Andrews 70-73-143 Pat Bradley 72-72-144 Danielle Ammaccapane 72-72-144 Jackie Gallagher-Smith 72-72-144 Helen Alfredsson 71-73-144 Betsy King 69-76-145 Akiko Fukushima 75-71-146 Kelly Robbins 74-72-146 Mardi Lunn 72-74-146 Lorie Kane 74-73-147 Meg Mallon 73-74-147 Catrin Nilsmark 73-74-147 Maria Hjorth 74-74-148 Hiromi Kobayashi 75-74-149 Charlotta Sorenstam 71-79-150 Amy Fruhwirth 77-74-151 Dale Eggeling 76-75-151 Nancy Lopez 74-77-151 Liselotte Neumann 82-75-157 JoAnne Carner 79-78-157 Dorothy Delasin 72-Disqualified Grace Park 77-Withdrew

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor