Ha Na Jang and Mirim Lee share the second-round lead of the HSBC Women’s Champions and sit atop the leaderboard at 8-under par. Both players were bogey-free on Friday and lead Suzann Pettersen (69) and Pornanong Phatlum (67) by one shot. Jang had four birdies and an eagle on the par 5 7th hole in her round of 66, the low round of the tournament so far, while Lee had five birdies en route to a round of 67.

Jang, who is No. 10 in the Rolex Rankings, also had an eagle on Thursday in the first round and seemed like the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club has given her no issues at all.

“First round and second round, two eagles, so I feel very comfortable,” said Jang. “On every hole, I be patient every hole, so it’s no problem this week.”

Jang won the season’s second event- the Coates Golf Championship-for her first LPGA title and said some effective self-talk helped her through Friday’s round.

“Today I’m very comfortable on the front nine,” said Jang. “And I’m talking to myself, ‘don’t do too much thinking Ha Na, just be patient, a lot of birdies, two more days, so more concentration, you can do it.”

Lee, who is a two-time winner on Tour, said she hasn’t felt comfortable with her swing after going through some major changes in the offseason. She picked up both of her career victories during her rookie season in 2014.

“Swing feels no good, right now but scoring well,” said Lee. “I have no idea. I just try straight, straight, straight.”

Fifteen-time winner Suzann Pettersen is in the hunt heading into the weekend after rounds of 68-69 and missed a seven-foot birdie putt on the last to stay at 7-under par and one shot back.

“Yeah, it’s been two great solid rounds for me,” said Pettersen. “Feel like I left a couple out there today, but I mean, it’s not easy, starting the round with the wind gusting here and there but overall very happy.”

Pettersen has five career victories in Asia and has been wanting to add this week’s title to her resume. She lists the Tour’s stop in Singapore as one of her favorite places to visit in the world.

“I feel like Asia is my second home,” said Pettersen. “I really just try to win everywhere I go, and we’ve played a lot in Asia, so I’ve had a lot of opportunities over the years. HSBC is still on my bucket list to win, so I have a job to do in the next two days, so we’ll see.”

Four players are tied for fifth at 6-under par including Amy Yang, Gerina Piller, Shanshan Feng and LPGA of Japan member Sun-Ju Ahn.


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