Meena Lee finished a roller-coaster second round on Friday with a share of the lead at the North Texas Shootout, putting herself in contention for a first LPGA Tour title in eight years.
Lee wound up with a seven-under 64 after an inconsistent start to the round. She began with an eagle-three on the 510-yard 10th hole, followed with a bogey, consecutive birdies, another bogey, three birdies in a row and then a bogey on the par-five 18th.
The South Korean’s scorecard for the front nine was much cleaner, with birdies on holes three to five and only pars aside from that. She started the tournament on Thursday with a double bogey on the very first hole.
“I’m happy to be done with the second round. I’m really happy,” said Lee, who has her best 36-hole score this season at eight-under 134.
That gave a share of the lead with Caroline Masson, who had a 67. The German led this event after two rounds last year, but faded to finish 15th.
They were a stroke ahead of US pair Natalie Gulbis and Stacy Lewis.
With a 65 on Friday, Gulbis had her first sub-70 round this year as she struggles with nagging pain in her left wrist.
Lewis, the No. 3 player in the world, had a bogey-free 64 to match Lee for the best second-round score at Las Colinas Country Club. Lewis had four consecutive birdies before finishing with seven straight pars, and Lee played her first nine holes — the back nine — without a par.
Christiana Kim (69) was alone in fifth at six under, one stroke better than first-round leader Suzann Pettersen (71), Julieta Granada (66), Dewi Claire Schreefel (66), Cristie Kerr (70) and Dori Carter (70).
Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champ in North Texas, was three under after a 68.
Candie Kung, the only Taiwanese player at the event, shot a second-round 74 and missed the cut.
Additional reporting by staff writer
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