HSBC Women's Champions: Karrie Webb leads by two

Karrie Webb extended her lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions to two shots – despite a small stumble on the back-nine during Friday’s second round.

The Australian bogeyed the 13th and 15th holes before cancelling it out with two birdies after the turn. This added a net gain of three shots on the front nine and left her with a three-under par effort of 69 on the day.

Webb is currently enjoying being nine-under for the tournament, two shots clear of 2012 champion Angela Stanford, who also carded a second round of 69 in Singapore.

One player who looked as though she could give Webb a challenge was Sweden’s Caroline Hedwell, but she was undone following two bogeys and a double bogey on her final three holes which left her with only a share of fourth place to finish the day with.

39-year-old Webb showed the younger players what a winning mentality was all about, dipping her golf club into her wealth of experience to provide herself with a very strong lead. She is proving that age is a tool of strength rather a hindrance.

After the round, Webb said: "Did you ask any of the younger players if it's hard to play against girls in their 30s? Because you always ask me the opposite question.”

She added: "All these young players coming up are athletes. For me, I've had to learn to get in the gym and do the work required.

"My workouts have just gradually increased so it wasn't hard-core to start with, where I would have just hated it and never done it."