Los Angeles (AFP)
Ariya Jutanugarn and her sister Moriya combined to shoot an 11-under 59 for a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA’s Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Thursday.
The Jutanugarns rose to 14 years under the direction of the duo of Indian Aditi Ashok and Thai Pajaree Anannarukarn in Midland, Michigan.
The tournament, which started in 2019 but canceled last year due to the pandemic, follows an alternate or foursome format in the first and third rounds and a better ball, or four balls, in the second and final round.
Playing the best ball format on Thursday, the Thai sisters managed six birdies out of the top nine and five more at the back, including the No.18. He was one of the best in the tournament, a 58 recorded in 2019.
South Koreans Hur Mi-jung and Lee6 Jeon-geun (62 Thursday) and Thai tandem Wichanee Meechai and Pavarisa Yoktuan (63) were tied for third place at 11 under.
First-round co-leaders Nelly and Jessica Korda struggled to get a 69 on Friday and are nowhere near the lead.
Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-Ling and Lee Min had one of the best rounds of the day with a 10-under-60.
The field played an alternate stroke for the first round, and Friday’s third round will be the same before the better ball returns in the final round.
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