South Africa’s Paula Reto birdied her final hole on Friday for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine — the back nine on Capitol Hill’s Senator layout. The 24-year-old finished with eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 131.
“I was just really patient with myself,” Reto said. “I hit a couple good irons, especially early in the round. I hit a couple close, 5 feet, so that was nice, got the momentum going pretty early. It was nice to birdie the last hole yesterday [Thursday], as well as today [Friday]. That was really nice.”
South Korea’s Hur Mi-jung, who tied for the first-round lead with top-ranked Stacy Lewis at 64, was second after a 70. She had four birdies and two bogeys.
“I had a cold last night, so it was really hard to focus today,” Hur said. “I finally wake up on the back nine and had a good nine holes.”
Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event that was dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, was third at 9-under after a 71.
“Just got in trouble a couple times off the tee and made some bogeys that I shouldn’t have,” Lewis said. “Really just got in some bad places where I couldn’t make par.”
Sydnee Michaels, Alison Walshe and Moriya Jutanugarn were 7-under.
Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 78.
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