Salas, Jang, Allen, Ji share early LPGA Tour lead in Hawaii

  • Salas, Jang, Allen, Ji share early LPGA Tour lead in Hawaii

Salas, Jang, Allen, Ji share early LPGA Tour lead in Hawaii

World number one Ko fired a seven-under-par 65 on Friday with no bogeys, and is seven shots adrift of Jang.

After another weather delay at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey, this time lasting a little over an hour, there's a mix of proven winners and golfers looking for their initial LPGA Tour breakthrough near the top of the leaderboard going into Saturday's finale.

Ko shot a seven-under par 65 to leap into the top 10, and continue her rapid turnaround after a slow start to the tournament.

The capricious weather failed to deter Ariya, who was in a fine touch on Thursday as she produced a flawless round. "It was a good combination, and definitely nice to shoot a low one".

"I had a great feeling for my shots and putting today", she said. "I hit it fine. Today the putts were dropping".

Jang completed here second round Friday morning after play was suspended due to darkness Thursday night.

Sharp stayed with Jang, birdie for birdie, until a bogey on the final hole left her with a 66. She was eight strokes behind the leader, a shot behind second-ranked So Yeon Ryu (69) and two back of third-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (70).

Play was also halted for almost 90 minutes earlier in the day when the course was cleared due to the threat of lightning.

Paula Creamer, co-leader after an opening 66, bogeyed both par-5s on the front nine and had a double bogey on the par-three eighth in a 74. Defending champion Minjee Lee rallied for a 68 and is six back, while top-ranked Lydia Ko moved up 45 spots, to 40th, with a 69.

"Because I had to finish up the second round this morning and play another 18 I was a little bit exhausted", she said through an interpreter. Winds began gusting up to 20 miles per hour as the morning groups finished. The wind and rain, and thunder and lightning, have made Ko Olina a tropical adventure.

Lewis birdied four of her first five holes to get to eight under early. She was just one back after sinking a 15-footer from the fringe on the 16th.

An improved effort with her putter was key in Ko's third round.