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.