South Korean So Yeon Ryu took the lead at the halfway stage of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC), thanks to a blistering start in the second round which saw her nailing five birdies in her first seven holes.
The World No. 7 followed up with two more birdies on the back nine against a lone bogey for a round of 65, taking her total to 11-under-par 131. The 24-year-old enjoys a two-shot lead over her closest challengers, namely compatriot Eun-Hee Ji, Japan’s Ayako Uehara, England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and New Zealand’s teen sensation Lydia Ko.
“Yesterday I started with a birdie, so it was kind of a really good motivation to play well. Then today I had a par on the first hole and on the second hole I made a really long birdie putt. After that I kind of motivated myself and kept making great shots and great putts, especially on the fifth hole – it’s one of the hardest par threes for me but I almost made a hole-in-one so it was an easy birdie. I putted pretty well,” said Ryu, who is gunning for her fourth LPGA title.
The round of the day belonged to Uehara, who stormed up the leaderboard from 30th at the start of the day to joint second with a spectacular eight-under 63, thanks to five birdies on the front nine and three on the back.
First round leader Stacy Lewis carded a 71 to slip down the standings into joint 11th spot on six-under-par 136, while fellow American and defending champion Lexi Thompson shot 73 to fall out of contention on two-over-par 144.
Meanwhile, Michelle Koh maintained her fine form and remains the leading Malaysian in joint 42nd place after a second round 70, which brought her total to even-par 142.