Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn sit atop a packed leaderboard at 13-under par. The duo leads Jeong Eun Lee, Mi Jung Hur, Michelle Wie and Vicky Hurst by one stroke and has a group, including Inbee Park, Jessica Korda and In Gee Chun, within three shots of the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Thailand native, Jutanugarn, is feeling no pressure at the top of the leaderboard turned in a bogey-free scorecard. She had five birdies on the day to finish at 5-under, hitting 15 of 18 greens needing 29 putts to complete her round.

“I'm not really worry like who going to be in the leaderboard. I just really wasn't to focus on like what is under my control,” said Jutanugarn.  “So tomorrow just go have fun.”

Lewis’ bogey-free round has her sitting in a good position heading into the weekend.  Having two solid rounds, Lewis is looking to pick up her first victory since 2014, following her opening round 64 with a 5-under par 67 on Friday at Wildfire Golf Club. 

“I played really solid; today was another good day,” said Lewis.  “Didn't have the distance control with my wedges quite dialed in the way I would've liked, but still made a bunch of birdies and shot a good round.  It's always hard to follow up a round like yesterday, so happy with the day again.”

Wie sits just one-back of the lead heading into the weekend.  She started her day on the front nine and had a hot putter carding six birdies before dropping a shot with a bogey on the par 4, 13th to card a five-under-par, 67 to move to 12-under par for the week.

“The front nine went very well. Just like I felt like on the front nine every time I had a birdie opportunity I took advantage of it,” said Wie. “That's kind of what you need to do on this golf course. You have to shoot low numbers out there. Even I shot 7-under and 5-under, and I am still one off the lead. You just have to keep making birdies to stay afloat well.”

Five-under is the lowest cutline in LPGA history, and 74 will play the weekend.

 

LEADING SECOND ROUND SCORES

131 - Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 64-67, Stacy Lewis 64-67

132 - Lee Jeong-Eun (KOR) 68-64, Hur Mi-Jung (KOR) 66-66, Michelle Wie 65-67, Vicky Hurst 65-67

133 - Karine Icher (FRA) 68-65, Chella Choi (KOR) 67-66, Park Sung-Hyun (KOR) 67-66, Park In-Bee (KOR) 67-66, Chun In-Gee (KOR) 64-69

134 - Jacqui Concolino 70-64, Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 69-65, Marina Alex 68-66, Caroline Masson (GER) 68-66, Angel Yin 68-66, Ally McDonald 67-67, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 67-67, Katie Burnett 64-70

 

Written By: Jennifer Meyer

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