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Figg-Currier ties for lead

AP , NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK

Kim Mi-hyun of South Korea tees off during the second round of the Big Apple Classic at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, New York, on Friday.

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Cindy Figg-Currier took last year off from the LPGA Tour to give birth to her second child.

Now, she's back, and in her first week away from the kids this year, was tied for the lead halfway through the Big Apple Classic.

"Maybe that's it. There's no cooking, no laundry, no getting up in the middle of the night to give a bottle," she said Friday after a 65 left her tied with Hee-Won Han at 8-under 134. "I wish they were here, though."

If 8-year-old Kaitland and 1-year-old Mary had made the trip from Texas, they would have seen their mother come up with a bogey-free round that featured four birdies on her front nine, including a tap-in on the par-5 18th after a 35-foot putt for eagle hung on the lip.

"That was really nice," Figg-Currier said of the round. "But I feel like I left some out there."

Han also didn't have a bogey as she matched the best round of her career to share the lead in the tournament she lost last year in a one-hole playoff.

Beth Daniel, who won last week's Canadian Women's Open, had a second 68 at Wykagyl Country Club and was at 6 under. That lefty her one shot in front of Meg Mallon (67), first-round leader Mi-Hyun Kim (71), Joanne Mills (67) and Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (69).

Suzy Whaley, the teaching pro from Connecticut who will play in the PGA Tour's Greater Hartford Open next week, had a 75 and was 2 over at 144, two shots better than the cut.

Figg-Currier, whose only tour win was in 1997, likes playing in the New York City area.

"I try to never miss this tournament because it's a great course and it's New York," she said. "I went to see `Movin' Out' on Broadway last night and I'm heading for the Yankees game tonight to see my fellow Longhorn, Roger Clemens, pitch."

Last year, Han had a chance to win this tournament on the final hole of regulation but missed a 6-foot birdie putt. She lost to Gloria Park in the playoff, and second is still her best finish on tour.

"When she lost last year she said you win or lose sometimes so she let it go," the native of South Korea said through her manager, Saint Kim. "She has had some chances to win.

"At this time, she really wants to win the tournament. The time has come now, so it's time to win, she says."

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