October 18, 2010 by staff
The two stood on 10-134 under after 36 holes, one stroke ahead of Taiwan Hung Everything at the event $ 1.1 million, and the last event before the U.S. LPGA visits Malaysia South Korea, Japan and Mexico over the next four weeks.
Recari, 23, Nocera, 35, matched the lowest LPGA tours of their inaugural season.
Nocera opened with a bogey for a second straight day, but recovered with birdies at the par-3 fourth and par-5 fifth and finished the front nine with three birdies in a row and added birdies at the normal -4 and 13, a par-5 15.
“I’m not looking at what everyone does. I just concentrate on my game,” said Nocera. “I made a couple (putts), 6, 7, 8 and 9 and it helped me stay focused and concentrate on my game.”
Nocera has won 10 times on the European Tour, but seeks a crown breathrough United States. His best finish this year was a share of sixth at the State Farm Classic.
“I’m not going to set goals that are too high for me,” said Nocera. “Whatever happens until Sunday, I’ll take it.”
Recari took a bogey at the sixth, but began a stellar run with a birdie at nine, made another at 10, followed by an eagle at the par-5 birdies and 11 added to the par-3 12, par-4 -14 and by 3 16th to share the head.
“I played very well, leaving some pastry,” said Recari. “It seemed that the putts do not drop out if I said, ‘I must be calm. There are many holes there and a lot of possibilities.”
American Brittany Lincicome, who opened with a career-low 61 on Thursday to start the day with a four-stroke lead on the field, struggled to a 76 to share eighth, three strokes behind the leader.
“I knew today would not be easy but I do not think it would be so difficult,” said Lincicome. “I was just very nervous. I did not really know how to follow what I did.
“I should not have checked all the messages on my phone.”
Shared fourth on 136 were Americans Michele Redman, Wendy Ward and Stacy Lewis and South Korean Lee Ilhe.
American Cristie Kerr, who must finish first or second to go Ai Miyazato of Japan for the world number one fired a 68 to stand on 141, seven strokes behind the leaders.
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