OHTSU, Japan -- Meg Mallon made up six strokes on Japan's Tatsuko Ohsako with a bogey-free 65, her best round as a pro, and tied for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA's Mazda Japan Classic.
Mallon, winner of the U.S. Women's Open and the LPGA Championship this year, took only 28 putts yesterday after starting the second round tied for 40th place.
"My putting was exceptionally good today, compared to 36 putts on Friday," Mallon said. "It's the first time for me to score a 7-under-par 65 on a par-72 course."
Ohsako had a 71 to remain tied for first with a 36-hole total of 141, 3-under, on the 6,524-yard, par-72 Seta Golf Club course.
Pat Bradley, the LPGA's leading money-winner, was a stroke behind at 142 after shooting a 69. First-round leader Liselotte Neumann of Sweden, Japan's Aki Nakano and Americans Elaine Crosby and Dottie Mochrie were all tied with Bradley.
Neuman had a 72; Nakano a 70, while Crosby and Mochrie both had a 71.
Another shot back at 143 were Caroline Keggi and rookie Brandie Burton.
There were 72 players who made the cut of 154, 10-over, for Sunday's final round.
Four Tours Championship
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Englishman Paul Broadhurst staged a remarkable recovery to beat American Jim Gallagher by two shots, leading Europe into the final of the Four Tours.
Broadhurst trailed Gallagher by three shots with three holes to play, but birdied all of them, and the American dropped shots at the 16th and 18th.
Broadhurst's 70-72 victory gave a 6-6 tie with the United States and a meeting with defending champion Australia on Sunday.
Europe ended the round-robin series with 20 points. Australia beat Japan, 8-4, to finish second with 19 points.
The United States also finished with 19 points, but was eliminated because Australia team won its head-to-head meeting Friday. Japan finished last with 14 points.
Graham Marsh, Roger Mackay and Craig Parry won the last three matches to clinch Australia's spot in the final.
Mackay took advantage of a final-hole bogey by Yoshinori Makino to score a one-shot victory, while Parry defeated Japanese captain Noboru Sugai by 10 shots after shooting a 5-under-par 68 over the 7,000-yard, par-73 Royal Adelaide course.
Marsh downed Hideki Kase 71-75, while Rodger Davis defeated Ryoken Kawagishi 73-74.