Golf: Ahn shoots 62 to build commanding lead at Fujitsu Ladies

South Korea’s Ahn Sun Ju shot a Japan
LPGA
Tour record-tying 62 on Saturday to
open up a seven-stroke lead in an attempt to win for the second
straight week.

The 23-year-old tour rookie collected 10 birdies in a bogey-free
round to reach 17-under 127 at Tokyu Seven Hundred Club in
Chiba.

Ahn began her stunning birdie run with four in a row from the
second hole and added three in a four-hole stretch around the
turn.

Only three other players have shot a round of 62 in JLPGA
history — Ku Ok Hee at the 2003 Daikin Orchid Ladies, Akane Iijima
at the 2008 Kosaido Ladies and Chie Arimura at the 2009 Elleair
Ladies Open.

“I was so focused on my game. I didn’t even think about my
score,” Ahn said. “I usually get nervous when I’m in the lead with
one round left to play, but I’m very calm right now.”

Asked if she wants to challenge the JLPGA 54-hole record of
24-under-par 192 set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2003 Mizuno
Classic, Ahn said, “To reach that, I need to pick up seven more
shots. But I’ll do my best.”

Kim Na Ri, also of South Korea, stood alone in second place
after a 65.

Chie Arimura (69) was another shot back in third. Shin Ji Yai
(67) and Young Kim (69) were tied for fourth at 8 under.

Ahn has a 40 million yen lead over second-place Jeon Mi Jeong in
2010 earnings.