South Korea's  So Yeon Ryu, propelled by six birdies in her first nine holes, seized a one-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Seeking her fourth LPGA victory, the 2011 US Women's Open champion fired a seven-under-par 64 on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort after engaging in a low-scoring fest with her playing competitor Stacy Lewis.

Ryu, who has recorded three top-10s in nine starts on the LPGA Tour this season without notching a win, racked up eight birdies and a lone bogey to post a seven-under total of 135.

American world No 4 Lewis was a further stroke back after carding a five-birdie 66, ending the day level with first-round leader Mika Miyazato of Japan (71) and South Korean Amy Yang (67).

"It's really fun to play with someone consistently making birdies," Ryu told reporters after a mutually inspirational round in the company of Lewis. "Also we're not really competing with each other, we're just really supportive of each other.

"Even when we have a bad shot, we keep talking to the ball, 'stay there' or just 'keep up'. It was really fun to play with Stacy."

Ryu, who has not triumphed on the LPGA Tour since the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women's Open, said she had gained confidence in recent weeks after making a few swing changes earlier in the year.

"Since Hawaii (last month's Lotte Championship in Honolulu), I have really played really well," said the 25-year-old Korean. "I always feel I'm ready to play well, I'm ready to win a tournament, but (before) I couldn't get enough confidence.

"That was the reason why I couldn't really finish well. These days, what I'm really focused on is getting back my confidence. I really enjoy this tournament ... I can do this. I'm just going to keep talking to myself like that."

Defending champion Minjee Lee of Australia will head into Saturday's third round just two strokes off the pace after carding a 71 on Friday, with New Zealand's world No 1 Lydia Ko a further four shots back, after a 68.

 

POS GOLFERTRKCNTSCORETHRUTODAYR1R2R3R4TOTAL 
1  
So Yeon Ryu
  KOR -7 F -7 71 64 - - 135  
T2  
Stacy Lewis
  USA -6 F -5 70 66 - - 136  
T2  
Mika Miyazato
  JPN -6 F E 65 71 - - 136  
T2  
Amy Yang
  KOR -6 F -4 69 67 - - 136  
T5  
Jessica Korda
  USA -5 F -3 69 68 - - 137  
T5  
Minjee Lee
  AUS -5 F E 66 71 - - 137  
T5  
Amelia Lewis
  USA -5 F -3 69 68 - - 137  
T5  
Caroline Masson
  DEU -5 F -1 67 70 - - 137  
T9  
Tiffany Joh
  USA -4 F -1 68 70 - - 138  
T9  
Felicity Johnson
  ENG -4 F -1 68 70 - - 138  
T9  
Ariya Jutanugarn
  THA -4 F -2 69 69 - - 138  
T9  
Ryann O'Toole
  USA -4 F -2 69 69 - - 138  
T9  
Gerina Piller
  USA -4 F E 67 71 - - 138  
T14  
Laetitia Beck
  ISR -3 F 1 67 72 - - 139  
T14  
Austin Ernst
  USA -3 F E 68 71 - - 139  
T14  
Moriya Jutanugarn
  THA -3 F 1 67 72 - - 139  
T14  
Sei Young Kim
  KOR -3 F 1 67 72 - - 139  
T14  
Brittany Lincicome
  USA -3 F 2 66 73 - - 139  
T14  
Alejandra Llaneza
  MEX -3 F -2 70 69 - - 139  
T14  
Mo Martin
  USA -3 F -2 70 69 - - 139  
T14  
Su-Hyun Oh
  AUS -3 F -1 69 70 - - 139  
T14  
Pornanong Phatlum
  THA -3 F 1 67 72 - - 139  
T23  
Amy Anderson
  USA -2 F -1 70 70 - - 140  
T23  
Sandra Changkija
  USA -2 F -2 71 69 - - 140  
T23  
Laura Davies
  ENG -2 F -3 72 68 - - 140  
T23  
Perrine Delacour
  FRA -2 F -4 73 67 - - 140  
T23  
Lindy Duncan
  USA -2 F -3 72 68 - - 140  
T23  
Sandra Gal
  DEU -2 F 2 67 73 - - 140  
T23  
Mi Jung Hur
  KOR -2 F E 69 71 - - 140  
T23  
Meena Lee
  KOR -2 F 1 68 72 - - 140  
T23  
Azahara Munoz
  ESP -2 F E 69 71 - - 140  
T23  
Anna Nordqvist
  SWE -2 F -1 70 70 - - 140  
T23  
Lee-Anne Pace
  ZAF -2 F -4 73 67 - - 140  
T23  
Lizette Salas
  USA -2 F E 69 71 - - 140  
T23  
Karrie Webb
  AUS -2 F -4 73 67 - - 140  
T23  
Sakura Yokomine
  JPN -2 F -2 71 69 - - 140  
T37  
Marina Alex
  USA -1 F -2 72 69 - - 141  
T37  
Simin Feng
  CHN -1 F -1 71 70 - - 141  
T37  
Brooke Henderson
  CAN -1 F E 70 71 - - 141  
T37  
Jennifer Johnson
  USA -1 F -1 71 70 - - 141  
T37  
Kim Kaufman
  USA -1 F -1 71 70 - - 141  
T37  
I.K. Kim
  KOR -1 F E 70 71 - - 141  
T37  
Lydia Ko
  NZL -1 F -3 73 68 - - 141  
T37  
Mirim Lee
  KOR -1 F -2 72 69 - - 141  
T37  
Haru Nomura
  JPN -1 F -2 72 69 - - 141  
T37  
Hee Young Park
  KOR -1 F -2 72 69 - - 141  
T37  
Suzann Pettersen
  NOR -1 F -1 71 70 - - 141  
T37  
Demi Runas
  USA -1 F -4 74 67 - - 141  
T37  
Jennifer Song
  USA -1 F 3 67 74 - - 141  
T37  
Lexi Thompson
  USA -1 F -2 72 69 - - 141  
T37  
Mariajo Uribe
  COL -1 F -1 71 70 - - 141  
T52  
Chella Choi
  KOR E F 3 68 74 - - 142  
T52  
Na Yeon Choi
  KOR E F -1 72 70 - - 142  
T52  
In Gee Chun
  KOR E F -2 73 69 - - 142  
T52  
Cristie Kerr
  USA E F 3 68 74 - - 142  
T52  
Megan Khang
  USA E F 2 69 73 - - 142  
T52  
Christina Kim
  USA E F E 71 71 - - 142  
T52  
Hyo Joo Kim
  KOR E F 1 70 72 - - 142  
T52  
Candie Kung
    E F -3 74 68 - - 142  
T52  
Lee Lopez
  USA E F 1 70 72 - - 142  
T52  
Ji Young Oh
  KOR E F E 71 71 - - 142  
T52  
Morgan Pressel
  USA E F E 71 71 - - 142  
T52  
Sarah Jane Smith
  AUS E F E 71 71 - - 142  
T52  
Christine Song
  USA E F E 71 71 - - 142  
T52  
Kelly Tan
  MYS E F -2 73 69 - - 142  
T66  
Brittany Altomare
  USA 1 F 1 71 72 - - 143  
T66  
Katie Burnett
  USA 1 F E 72 71 - - 143  
T66  
Mina Harigae
  USA 1 F -1 73 70 - - 143  
T66  
Joanna Klatten
  FRA 1 F 2 70 73 - - 143  
T66  
Brittany Lang
  USA 1 F 3 69 74 - - 143  
T66  
Sydnee Michaels
  USA 1 F 1 71 72 - - 143  
T66  
Ai Miyazato
  JPN 1 F E 72 71 - - 143  
T66  
Beatriz Recari
  ESP 1 F 1 71 72 - - 143  
T66  
Jenny Shin
  KOR 1 F -2 74 69 - - 143  
T66  
Kelly Shon
  USA 1 F -1 73 70 - - 143  
T66  
Ayako Uehara
  JPN 1 F 3 69 74 - - 143  
The following players did not make the cut.
CUT  
Holly Clyburn
  ENG 2 F -3 76 68 - - 144  
CUT  
Min Seo Kwak
  KOR 2 F -1 74 70 - - 144  
CUT  
Xi Yu Lin
  CHN 2 F -2 75 69 - - 144  
CUT  
Pernilla Lindberg
  SWE 2 F 2 71 73 - - 144  
CUT  
Paula Reto
  ZAF 2 F 1 72 72 - - 144  
CUT  
Nontaya Srisawang
  THA 2 F E 73 71 - - 144  
CUT  
Budsabakorn Sukapan
  THA 2 F 1 72 72 - - 144  
CUT  
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
  THA 2 F 1 72 72 - - 144  
CUT  
Alison Walshe
  USA 2 F E 73 71 - - 144  
CUT  
Dani Holmqvist
  SWE 3 F 1 73 72 - - 145  
CUT  
Vicky Hurst
  USA 3 F 6 68 77 - - 145  
CUT  
Daniela Iacobelli
  USA 3 F E 74 71 - - 145  
CUT  
Juli Inkster
  USA 3 F 1 73 72 - - 145  
CUT  
Sarah Kemp
  AUS 3 F 3 71 74 - - 145  
CUT  
SooBin Kim
  KOR 3 F 3 71 74 - - 145  
CUT  
Maria McBride
  SWE 3 F 1 73 72 - - 145  
CUT  
Angela Stanford
  USA 3 F -1 75 70 - - 145  
CUT  
Julie Yang
  KOR 3 F 3 71 74 - - 145  
CUT  
Carlota Ciganda
  ESP 4 F 4 71 75 - - 146  
CUT  
Paula Creamer
  USA 4 F 2 73 73 - - 146  
CUT  
Brianna Do
  USA 4 F 1 74 72 - - 146  
CUT  
Min Lee
    4 F 4 71 75 - - 146  
CUT  
Giulia Molinaro
  ITA 4 F 3 72 74 - - 146  
CUT  
Annie Park
  USA 4 F 2 73 73 - - 146  
CUT  
Yani Tseng
    4 F 4 71 75 - - 146  
CUT  
Lisa Ferrero
  USA 5 F 1 75 72 - - 147  
CUT  
Se Ri Pak
  KOR 5 F 2 74 73 - - 147  
CUT  
Marion Ricordeau
  FRA 5 F 5 71 76 - - 147  
CUT  
Jing Yan
  CHN 5 F 3 73 74 - - 147  
CUT  
Cydney Clanton
  USA 6 F 2 75 73 - - 148  
CUT  
Casey Grice
  USA 6 F E 77 71 - - 148  
CUT  
Natalie Gulbis
  USA 6 F 3 74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Wei-Ling Hsu
    6 F 5 72 76 - - 148  
CUT  
P.K. Kongkraphan
  THA 6 F 1 76 72 - - 148  
CUT  
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
  CAN 6 F 3 74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Benyapa Niphatsophon
  THA 6 F 2 75 73 - - 148  
CUT  
Jane Rah
  USA 6 F 3 74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Cyna Marie Rodriguez
  PHL 6 F 3 74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Bertine Strauss
  ZAF 6 F 3 74 74 - - 148  
CUT  
Cheyenne Woods
  USA 6 F 1 76 72 - - 148  
CUT  
Sun Young Yoo
  KOR 6 F 2 75 73 - - 148  
CUT  
Ssu-Chia Cheng
    7 F 3 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Jacqui Concolino
  USA 7 F 4 74 75 - - 149  
CUT  
Julieta Granada
  PRY 7 F 4 74 75 - - 149  
CUT  
Celine Herbin
  FRA 7 F 5 73 76 - - 149  
CUT  
Haeji Kang
  KOR 7 F 2 76 73 - - 149  
CUT  
Katherine Kirk
  AUS 7 F 1 77 72 - - 149  
CUT  
Belen Mozo
  ESP 7 F 5 73 76 - - 149  
CUT  
Sadena Parks
  USA 7 F 3 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Samantha Richdale
  CAN 7 F 2 76 73 - - 149  
CUT  
Rachel Rohanna
  USA 7 F 3 75 74 - - 149  
CUT  
Britney Yada
  USA 7 F 2 76 73 - - 149  
CUT  
Michelle Wie
  USA 8 F 7 72 78 - - 150  
CUT  
Dori Carter
  USA 9 F 2 78 73 - - 151  
CUT  
Giulia Sergas
  ITA 9 F 1 79 72 - - 151  
CUT  
Nannette Hill
  USA 10 F 6 75 77 - - 152  
CUT  
Stephanie Kono
  USA 10 F 5 76 76 - - 152  
CUT  
Ashlan Ramsey
  USA 10 F 6 75 77 - - 152  
CUT  
Jaye Marie Green
  USA 11 F 5 77 76 - - 153  
CUT  
Eun-Hee Ji
  KOR 11 F 1 81 72 - - 153  
CUT  
Becky Morgan
  WAL 11 F 8 74 79 - - 153  
CUT  
Kris Tamulis
  USA 11 F 6 76 77 - - 153  
CUT  
Grace Na
  USA 13 F 6 78 77 - - 155  
CUT  
Lauren Greenlief
  USA 15 F 4 82 75 - - 157  
CUT  
Emee Herbert
  USA 18 F 11 78 82 - - 160  
CUT  
Briana Mao
  USA 18 F 8 81 79 - - 160  
CUT  
Alison Lee
  USA 20 F 12 79 83 - - 162  
WD  
Inbee Park
  KOR       74 - - - 74  
T54  
Ilhee Lee
  KOR       - - - - -  

 

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