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Morgan Pressel jumps into lead during second round of Wegmans LPGA

By Jay Skurski

PITTSFORD -- Hello again from Locust Hill Country Club, where the gray clouds show no signs of breaking up.

The rain, however, has held off enough for golf to be played for a second straight day, as the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship is underway.

First-round leader Chella Choi was part of the morning wave, and she continues to hold a slim one-shot advantage. The 22-year-old South Korean is even for the day, making two birdies and two bogeys. Her total of 5 under is one shot better of countrymate Jiyai Shin, who's on the course at 4 under and is also even for the day. Shin, the ninth-ranked player in the world in the Rolex rankings, has made par her best friend today. She's got just one birdie and one bogey through 13 holes.

The best round of the morning so far belongs to Michelle Wie. She's 4 under playing the 18th hole, moving to even par for the tournament and a tie for 16th place. She started the day in a tie for 71st. Colleague Mark Gaughan is following Wie's group and will have more on her day in Sunday's News.

Australian Sarah Jane Smith, who's best career finish is a tie for sixth last season, has made a move up the leader board, as well. She's at 3 under for the round and the tournament after 16 holes today, in a tie for fourth place. 

American Morgan Pressel, who's tied for second at 4 under, tees off at 12:58 p.m. as part of the afternoon wave.

We'll have updates throughout the day as warranted.

UPDATE (12:43 p.m.): Choi has dropped a shot at the long, 439-yard par-4 sixth hole. She now shares the lead a 4 under with Pressel. A brief downpour has passed and the sky looks to be lightening ever so slightly.

UPDATE (1:38 p.m.): Pressel has jumped into the lead, making birdie on the par-5 11th hole, her second of the day, to get to 5 under. Choi finished at 4 under for the tournament and 1 over on the day, currently tied with Brittany Lincicome, who's playing with Pressel and also birdied the 11th to reach 4 under.

UPDATE (3:11 p.m.): The rain continues to fall here at Locust Hill at times, pouring down at times, but it hasn't cooled Pressel. She's now two shots clear of the field at 6 under after opening her second round with birdies at holes 11, 14 and 15. She did give one shot back on the par-4 16th. There is a three-way tie for second between Choi, Amy Yang and Lincicome.

UPDATE (3:23 p.m.): Pressel has given back another shot at the par-4 18th when her approach shot was short and rolled off the green. She's at 5 under, one clear of Choi, Yang and Lincicome. Good news: the rain has stopped. Just 12 players in the field are under par.

UPDATE (4:10 p.m.): Watch out for world No. 1 Inbee Park. She's climed into a tie for third place with five four other players at 3 under, just two shots behind Pressel. Park is 3 under on her round, playing the second hole, her 11th of the day. 

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