Japan’s Ai Miyazato shot a bogey-free 65 to grab a share of the lead at the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship on Thursday, while local favorite Michelle Wie failed to make the cut.
Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, who has won three of the first six tournaments this season, fired an even-par 72 to drop into a tie for 12th at three-under.
Miyazato, a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, needed just 25 putts in Thursday’s second round to reach an eight-under 136 total and is tied atop the leaderboard with Spain’s Azahara Munoz, who shot an eight-under 64.
The same could not be said for Wie, who struggled in blustery conditions and missed the cut for the third consecutive tournament.
She shot 76 to go with an six-over 78 in the opening round.
Munoz, who is chasing her first LPGA Tour win, holed out from 102 yards for eagle on the par-four sixth hole. She also rolled in eight birdies, including four on the final five holes.
Jimin Kang (66) and Cristie Kerr (68) were at six-under.
Taiwan’s Candie Kung shot a two-over 74, while compatriot Amy Hung scored a six-over 78.