After a one-hour, 11-minute rain delay that hindered play for the second straight day at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey, the leaderboard is still taking shape, but with familiar names at the top.

Play was suspended at 3:31 p.m. HST and resumed at 4:42 p.m., and then called for the day at 7:04 p.m. due to darkness.

In-Kyung Kim and Ariya Jutanugarn finished their second rounds and were tied for the lead at 9-under. Su-Yeon Jang, who finished fifth here a year ago, is also at 9-under. She was through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day.

Jutanugarn, who has two runner-up finishes in 2017, is looking for her first victory of the season. The 2016 Race to the CME Globe winner fired a bogey-free 66 Thursday, including three-straight birdies on No’s 16, 17, and 18.

She said she didn’t actually hit the ball that well during the second round, but her putter kept her in it.

Kim, meanwhile, shot the round of the tournament so far – an 8-under-par 64 – on Thursday.

“Yesterday I hit the ball pretty well, I just didn’t make any putts. Today the putts were dropping,” she said.

Three players finished at 8-under, including Alena Sharp, Mi Hyang Lee, and Stacy Lewis.

Lewis, who is searching for her first LPGA Tour victory since 2014, said conditions got trickier as the day wore on, especially after the initial weather delay.

“The greens got slower,” she explained. “I would say that was the biggest difference: speed of the greens at the end of the day.”

Becky Morgan also sits at 8-under. She, like Jang, was bogey-free through 16 holes before play was called for the day.

Five players are just one more shot back at 7-under including Brittany Altomore, Nontay Srisawang, Amy Yang, Inbee Park, and ANA Inspiration winner So Yeon Ryu, meaning it will be a tight race to the finish. Ryu is off to a tremendous start this year, with two runner-up finishes to go along with her victory. She has yet to finish outside the top seven at any tournament in 2017, and credits a positive attitude for her successes so far.

“I always try not to be negative,” she said. “Let’s just think about my next shot instead of thinking about the (last) shot. I think just (having) a positive mind could help me make more putts for the weekend.”

There were 15 players left on the golf course when play was suspended. The second round will resume Friday morning and the cut will be made at its conclusion, with the Top 70 and ties making it into the third and fourth rounds. The cut is currently at even par.

 

LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES:

135 - Kim In-Kyung (KOR) 71-64, Ariya Jutanugarn (THA) 69-66

136 - Stacy Lewis 68-68, Alena Sharp (CAN) 67-69, Lee Mi-Hyang (KOR) 66-70

137 - Brittany Altomare 71-66, Nontaya Srisawang (THA) 70-67, Park In-Bee (KOR) 69-68, Amy Yang (KOR) 69-68, Ryu So-Yeon (KOR) 68-69

138 - Bronte Law (ENG) 69-69, Cydney Clanton 69-69

 

Written By: Adam Stanley LPGA

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