Williamsburg, VA (Sports Network) - Jiyai Shin posted a 3-under 68 on Friday
to stay atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Kingsmill
Shin, the first-round leader, finished 36 holes at 12-under 130 and is one
stroke ahead of Danielle Kang, who fired a 7-under 64 Friday at Kingsmill
Paula Creamer shot a 4-under 67 in round two and is tied for third place with
Dewi Claire Schreefel, who carded her second straight, 5-under 66. The pair is
knotted at 10-under 132.
The first round was completed Friday morning after darkness halted play on
Thursday. There was a 2-hour weather delay on Tuesday as well, but the second
round was completed on Friday.
Shin fired a 9-under 62 in round one and wasted little time in getting into
red figures in the second round. She birdied the par-5 second, then collected
her next birdie at the next par-5, the seventh.
Shin was 11-under par and got to 12-under immediately after the turn. She
birdied the 10th and two holes later, birdied No. 12 to reach 13-under par.
It appeared that Shin would cruise into the clubhouse with a decent-sized lead
and a par-5 to go, but that didn't happen. Shin failed to birdie the par-5
15th and bogeyed the 16th to fall back to minus-12.
Shin parred her last two and Kang closed the margin to a stroke.
"The greens were a little bit slower, so I missed a few chances with my
putting," said Shin. "I still feel good so I just look forward to the
Shin was once the No. 1 player in the world, but has fallen on hard times in
recent years with injuries and inconsistent play. She hasn't won since late in
the 2010 season, but feels comfortable where she's at this week.
"I'm used to the competition, I'm used to the pressure and nerves, too, and
also I really like that feeling," said Shin. "So I can't wait for the play for
Lexi Thompson (66) and Azahara Munoz (68) share fifth at 9-under par.
Stacy Lewis, who is second on this year's money list, fired a 65 on Friday and
is tied for seventh place with Maria Hjorth, who posted a 2-under 69. The pair
is knotted at minus-8.
NOTES: The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under 141 and Juli Inkster, Brittany
Lincicome, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr, who won this event the last time it
was staged in 2009, all missed the cut...Leta Lindley also missed the weekend
and has retired from the tour after 18 years.
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