I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes in the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic by shooting a five-under 67 to reach 12 under after Friday’s second round.
The South Korean had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater.
Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and South Korea’s Hur Mi-jung shot 65 to join Laura Diaz at nine-under. Diaz had a 68.
South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon, the Canadian Women’s Open winner on Sunday, was eight-under along with Mina Harigae, China’s Lin Xiyu and South Africa’s Paula Reto. The fifth-ranked Ryu had a 66, Lin carded a 68, and Harigae and Reto shot 69.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen was six-under after a 67. The fourth-ranked Norwegian player also won the 2011 event.
Juli Inkster and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist also were in the group at six-under. The 54-year-old Inkster, making her 28th appearance in the event, followed her opening 68 with a 70. Nordqvist, a two-time winner this year, also shot 70.
South Korea’s Jang Jeong was three-under after a 71 and Han Hee-won had a 71 to make the cut on the number at one-over. Both players have announced this will be their final event before retirement.
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng shot a 71 for a total three-under 141, while her compatriot Candie Kung carded a 73 for two-under 142.
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis, No. 2 Inbee Park and No. 3 Lydia Ko are skipping the tournament.
Additional reporting by staff writer
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