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Inkster on course for shot at elusive modern Grand Slam

WILMINGTON, Del. -- So much for that U.S. Open hangover. Juli Inkster is halfway home to something really grand.

Inkster gave herself a chance to become the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam with a 5-under 66 on Friday that gave her a share of the lead after two rounds of the LPGA Championship.On DuPont Country Club greens that are getting firmer and faster each day, Inkster played bogey-free and was at 134, tied with Liselotte Neumann (67), Jenny Lidback (67) and Cristie Kerr, who tied the course record for the LPGA Championship with a 64.

"My confidence is good," Inkster said. "Who knows what can happen? It's been a lot of fun, and I hope I don't wake up."

Still, Inkster knows a lot can happen over the final 36 holes, especially with the cast of characters behind her.

Kelli Kuehne, the 22-year-old Texan who gave Inkster a spirited challenge in the U.S. Open, continued her amazing run with a 67 and was one stroke behind. Two-time LPGA champion Laura Davies isn't getting much out of her putter, but she still managed an even-par 71 and was only two strokes back at 136. Defending champion Se Ri Pak was at 137.

"I would love a shot come Sunday," Inkster said. "But there's a lot of time between now and then. There's a lot of good players behind me."

Karrie Webb's modern record of 16 consecutive top-10s came crashing to a halt on Friday when she recorded another 1-over 72 and missed the cut by one stroke. It was the first time Webb missed the cut in 32 tournaments, dating to the Standard Register Ping in March 1998.

"I've never really played well here before," Webb said. "It's not the course's fault, I just don't feel comfortable on it."

Only Pat Bradley has won the Dinah Shore, U.S. Open, LPGA Championship and the du Maurier Classic in a career. Mickey Wright also won the Grand Slam when it consisted of the Open, LPGA, Titleholders and Western Open from 1955-1966.

BUICK CLASSIC: Chris Perry and Jeff Maggert both shot 5-under 66s and were tied for the halfway lead at the Buick Classic at Harrison, N.Y.

The co-leaders were at 6-under 136, one shot better than first-round leader Stephen Ames, who shot a 1-over 72 at Westchester Country Club, and Duffy Waldorf, who had a 67.

Fred Couples, who eagled the last hole he played, the par-5 ninth, and Lee Janzen were among those at 138. Ernie Els, the 1996 and 1997 Buick Classic champion, was at 139.

SENIOR PLAYERS: Graham Marsh had a 2-under 70 for a 136 total and a two-stroke lead after two round of the Senior Players Championship at Dearborn, Mich.

Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Vincente Fernandez of Argentina, Isao Aoki of Japan and John Bland of South Africa were tied for second at 138 at the TPC of Michigan, which was a different course from the first round after an overnight rain and a northeast wind.

EUROPEAN GP: Five days after losing a playoff in his first tour appearance, David Park of Wales tied the course record with a 7-under 65 and took the lead of the European Grand Prix championship at Newcastle, England.