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Birdie bust for Ochoa, but she’s tied for lead

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Lorena Ochoa's 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole caught the left lip and spun out of the cup, the story of her day. She still was tied for the lead Friday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the story of her year.

Ochoa missed four birdie putts inside 10 feet that kept her from building a big lead halfway through the first major of the season, settling for a 1-under 71 that left her tied with Heather Young (70) at 5-under 139 at Mission Hills.

Mi Hyun Kim, a short hitter who was at an even greater disadvantage playing soft fairways and brick-hard greens, still managed a second straight round of 70 and joined Maria Hjorth (70) at 140.

Another shot back was Annika Sorenstam (70), a three-time Nabisco winner who posted her 16th consecutive round under par despite feeling so sick on the back nine that she doubled over in pain while speaking to reporters.

HOUSTON OPEN: At Humble, Texas, Johnson Wagner shot a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Houston Open. Wagner finished before an afternoon storm delayed play for 1 hour, 45 minutes. More rain came later and the round was suspended at 7:25 p.m. with 36 players on the course.

Wagner was safely in at 12 under, three ahead of Charley Hoffman (70) and Mathew Goggin (64). Chad Campbell was 7 under after matching Goggin's 64 in the morning.

Defending champion Adam Scott, who shared the first-round lead with Wagner after an opening 63, had five bogeys and a double in a 76 that left him 5 under.

Phil Mickelson (68) was eight strokes behind Wagner.

CAP CANA CHAMPIONSHIP: At Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Mark Wiebe shot a course-record 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Cap Cana Championship, the first pro golf event ever in the Dominican Republic.