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Su-Yeon Jang takes LPGA Tour's Lotte lead

Su-Yeon Jang takes LPGA Tour's Lotte lead

Wie carded one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars for a second round 72.

The cut will be determined after the completion of the round Friday morning.

Chun In-gee of South Korea fired a seven-under 65 for fourth place, while Thai star Ariya Jutanugarn is also still in the hunt after shooting a 70 to take sole possession of fifth.

LPGA TOUR: In Kapolei, Hawaii, Ariya Jutanugarn and In-Kyung Kim each birdied their final hole to share the lead halfway through the second round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. Morgan's last Top 10 was in 2009.

Victory for either player this weekend could see Ko's 77-week reign come to an end. The 2016 Race to the CME Globe victor fired a bogey-free 66 Thursday, including three-straight birdies on No s 16, 17, and 18.

After another weather delay at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey, this time lasting a little over an hour, there's a mix of proven winners and golfers looking for their initial LPGA Tour breakthrough near the top of the leaderboard going into Saturday's finale. "Yesterday I hit the ball pretty well but just didn't make as many putts. Today the putts were dropping".

Play was also halted for almost 90 minutes earlier in the day when the course was cleared due to the threat of lightning.

Paula Creamer, co-leader after an opening 66, bogeyed both par-fives on the front nine and had a double bogey on the par-three eighth in a 74.

Minjee Lee, the defending champion, fired a 4-under-par 68 on Friday and sits T15.

For the second straight day, a morning tee time was a huge advantage. Winds began gusting up to 32kph as the morning groups finished.

Lee, 24, made the cut just once in three previous starts at Ko Olina. She had a hole-in-one on her 17th hole (No. 8). She was just one back after sinking a 15-footer from the fringe on the 16th.

Second-ranked So Yeon Ryu, who won the year's first major two weeks ago, parred her last nine holes to finish with a 68.

Ko said she is unfazed by talk around her ranking - she acknowledges the talent on course but just wants to continue to improve her own game.


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