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Evian Tour rookie Karine Icher from France heads the leaderboard halfway through the second round of the
EUR150,000 Palmerston Ladies German Open at the Sporting Club Berlin Faldo course.

The 22-year-old from Châteauroux carded a second round three under 69 this morning to add to her 71 of yesterday to lead on four under by one shot from
fellow Tour rookie Suzann Pettersen from Norway.

England's Nicola Moult, South African Laurette Maritz and New Zealander Gina
Scott are the completed groups one under par.

Seven players are tied on level par including England's Caroline Hall, Germany's Elisabeth Esterl and Austria's Natascha Fink.

Icher ultimately lost out on her maiden victory last week at the Compaq Open
in Sweden after being penalised a penalty shot for slow play on the 11th hole. But this week, she has changed her routine on the greens to avoid the same thing happening again.

Starting on the tenth hole, Icher birdied the par five, hitting a nine iron to three feet, following that with another at the 11th from the same distance.

And despite a bogey at the 12th, finding one of the deepest of the 133 fairway bunkers here, Icher bounced back with two more birdies at the 15th and 18th to turn in 33.

In true Faldo fashion, Icher carded nine straight pars on the back nine of
the six times major winner's course to lead in search of the 15,000 first

"I have changed my routine," said Icher after her round. "It's faster on the green now because I look at my line before the other players have putted.

"Tomorrow, I hope for the same," she added, hoping that another 69 would be
enough to see her become the third Rookie to win this year on Tour after Pettersen and Spain's Paula Marti, twice a winner.

Moult had a blistering round going with six birdies in her first 12 holes to
move her into a tie with Icher at four under. But the 29-year-old from Sutton Coldfield dropped three shots in her final four holes to drop back to one under.

Pettersen, who won the individual title in the World amateur championship at
this course last year, began her day with a bogey at the tenth, her first hole of the afternoon.

But with birdies at the 11th, 13th and 15th, she moved into contention for her second win of the year after her playoff victory in the French Open in June.

However, three putt at the tricky 18th saw the 20-year-old from Oslo drop a
shot as she headed into her back nine.


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