Golf: Matthew off pace after a 74

NORTH BERWICK'S Catriona Matthew made the cut at the first women's golf major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California, but was well off the pace after a second-round 74.

That followed up her first-round, one-over-par 73 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and left the reigning British Open champion on 147, ten shots off the pace set by Kim Song-hee.

The 21-year-old South Korean stole the limelight from some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour by taking a one-shot lead.

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In pursuit of her first title on the US women's circuit, Kim fired a flawless four-under-par 68 to end a tough day for scoring at Mission Hills Country Club at seven-under 137.

She held a one-stroke advantage over major winners Cristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa and veteran Briton Karen Stupples.

American Kerr eagled the par-five 11th on her way to a best-of-the-day 67.

Mexican world number one Ochoa returned a 70 and Stupples carded a 69.

Twice champion Karrie Webb of Australia shot a 70 to share fifth place at five under with American Stacy Lewis (68) on a high-quality leaderboard.

"I had a great round and my swing was really smooth and comfortable," said Kim. "Also I had great putting today. Everything was good."

The cut fell at six over with Japan's Ai Miyazato, a double winner on the 2010 LPGA Tour, and American Natalie Gulbis among those missing out.