Juli Inkster isn't playing her best golf in the du Maurier Classic in Priddis, Alberta. The scary thing for the rest of the field is that she's still in the lead, halfway home to a third straight major championship.
Despite sloppy bogeys on two par-5s and a constant battle to find a swing she could trust, Inkster pieced together a 3-under 69 yesterday that left her tied with Canadian Dawn Coe-Jones.
"I made a lot of mistakes that I got away with," said Inkster, at 7-under 137, the only player to break 70 in both rounds at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.
After a three-putt from 18 feet for a bogey on No. 3, a par-5 on the easiest hole of the course, Inkster hit an 8-iron within 10 feet for birdie on the next hole. And two holes after chunking a sand wedge into the bunker for bogey on the par-5 fifth, she chipped in for birdie.
Inkster rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on her last hole for a 69. Ultimately, all she wanted was to get herself into position to become only the fifth golfer to win three majors in a year.
Coe-Jones had the best round of the tournament with a bogey-free 65 and Laura Davies made four birdies on the five par-5s for a 66 and was one stroke behind, along with Catriona Matthew of Scotland.
* SENIORS: Little-known Greg Edwards tamed the Park Meadows Golf Club with an 9-under-par 63 to take the first-round lead in the Utah Showdown in Park City. Steve Veriato is a shot back, and Gil Morgan, Tom Shaw, John Jacobs and Leonard Thompson all shot 65s.
* PGA: Brent Geiberger and Pete Jordan, good friends in search of their first PGA Tour victory, were tied at 11 under par for the second-round lead of the Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn.
Geiberger started the day three strokes off the lead and shot a 63, the low round of the day and his lowest this year on tour. Jordan began the day at 6 under, one stroke out of the lead, and was even par at the turn. He birdied five of the last nine holes to finish with a 65 at the TPC at River Highlands.
* EUROPEAN PGA: Katsuyoshi Tomori of Japan eagled the final hole to complete a 6-under 66 and tie New Zealand's Michael Campbell for the first-round lead in the European Open in Dublin.