SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ, France -- Diana Luna took a two-stroke lead atop the Lacoste Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour Friday after a sensational second-round 64.
Retired former world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa and England’s all-time great Laura Davies, celebrating her 49th birthday, both comfortably made the cut and ended the day in a share of 25th place, 10 shots off the lead on 1 over par. Ochoa shot a 72 to go with her opening 69, while Davies had a 69 to go with her first-round 72.
“I didn’t play my best, especially on the greens. I struggled with some of the holes out there,” said the 30-year-old Ochoa. “I made two three-putts so it’s not a great feeling but at the same time, here I am. I’m okay. It’s good to be able to make the cut and hopefully on the weekend it will be better.
“I thought I would make the cut. I was being positive and I thought that my game was in good shape to make the cut,” added Ochoa, who is playing here at the request of Lacoste, her clothing sponsor. “I think what is important right now is to go really low on the weekend.”
Ochoa was ranked No. 1 for three years and won two majors among 27 victories before retiring from full-time golf in April 2010 to focus on her family and charities. This is her first Ladies European Tour start in more than two years.
Luna, a five-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, made seven birdies to move to 9 under par overall after Thursday's round of 67. It could have been better for the Italian, who would be further ahead were it not for a bogey on the par-4 14th.
Overnight leader Stacey Keating will be hot on her heels and hoping to put Friday's disappointing 1-over-par 71 behind her. The 26-year-old Australian is looking for back-to-back titles, and started magnificently with a round of 62 but she could not follow it up.
Carlota Ciganda, Anja Monke and Anne-Lise Caudal are in a tie for third on 5 under par overall.
Monke put herself into contention with the round of the day, the German recovering from a mediocre 72 with a fabulous second-round 63.
Tournament officials announced Friday that European Ryder Cup Captain Jose María Olazabal will be on site Sunday to present the trophy to the winner. Olazabal lives about 10 miles from host venue Chantaco Golf Club, which is in southwest France.