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Robbins Takes Early Lead in Canada

August 17, 2001

MARKHAM, Ont. (AP) _ American Kelly Robbins took the lead halfway through the second round of the Bank of Montreal Canadian Women’s Open on Friday, carding a 3-under-par 69 in gusting winds.

Robbins, who shared the overnight lead with Se Rik Pak of South Korea and fellow American Rosie Jones, eagled No. 14 to go to 10-under for the tournament.

``I played my practice round on Monday _ which I never do _ and it was blowing like this,″ said Robbins, a nine-time winner on the Tour. ``I didn’t expect to do anything great today but I got a few birdies.″

Pak, second on the LPGA money list, struggled with the winds and settled for an even-par 72 that left her at 7-under.

``It was like I played another golf course. It was so different today,″ Pak said of the wind. ``The wind is so strong the ball was almost moving on the green.″

Jones had an afternoon tee-off but already had her score to 9-under through seven holes.

World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam of Sweden made a charge Friday, carding a 4-under 68 in the difficult conditions, a number few golfers were likely to match considering the wind. She sat at 5-under overall entering the weekend.

``I was just trying to play smart,″ said Sorenstam. ``Just trying to keep the ball in the middle of the fairways, in the middle of the greens, and trying to make some birdies.

``And that’s pretty much what I did.″

Pak, who won the Women’s British Open on Aug. 5, had her score at 8-under at the turn but played her last nine holes 1-over.

``The wind was blowing so hard. It was tough to know which club to select,″ she said.

For example, she used a four-iron on No. 11 on Thursday but dropped to a wedge on Friday.

``From tee to green, it was really confusing,″ Pak said.

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