When Se Ri Pak rolled in a par putt on her final hole of the second round at the LPGA Championship, she smiled and breathed a sigh of relief.
Playing in her first tournament since injuring her left shoulder in early April, the Hall of Famer shot a 1-under 71 on Friday to take a one-shot lead.
''I'm happy to be back in this seat,'' Pak said. ''Before I teed off, I knew it was tougher because of the wind. It was very difficult. I tried not to make big mistakes. I'm very happy about the finish. I got a couple of great up and downs.''
Pak was at 3-under 141, one shot ahead of Inbee Park (70), Paula Creamer (72), Mika Miyazato (72), and Sandra Gal (71).
Defending champion Yani Tseng followed her opening 76 with a 75 to finish the two rounds at 7-over 151 and was positioned to barely make the cut in a tournament she dominated a year ago.
''I did my best,'' Tseng said. ''I hung in there.''
It was difficult for Pak and everybody else. After reaching 4 under with birdies at Nos. 16 and...