PALM DESERT, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Lorena Ochoa, a six-time winner this year and the No. 1 player in women's golf, took the lead Friday at the Samsung World Championships in Palm Desert, Calif.
Ochoa fired a 5-under 67 at the Bighorn Golf Club for a 36-hole total of 135.
Tied for second, one shot out of the lead, were Paula Creamer, Angela Park and Angela Stanford. Park, who shared the first-round lead with Creamer, has already wrapped up Rookie of the Year honors on the LPGA Tour.
Michelle Wie, given a controversial invitation to play in the 20-player tournament, shot her second straight 79 and was in last place.
Ochoa has had at least a share of the 36-hole lead eight times this season.
"It's where I like to be," she said. "I can't wait to be here tomorrow."