Illinois: MJ Hur chipped in twice for birdie as she posted her second straight 66 and seized a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean Amy Yang in the LPGA State Farm Classic.
Hur’s 12-under total of 132 put her atop the leaderboard by one after Yang posted a 65 for 11-under 133.
American Cristie Kerr shot a 67 for 134, where she was joined by South Koreans Inbee Park (67) and Na Yeon Choi (69) and Canada’s Alena Sharp (68).
Hur played her round in a steady morning breeze. Yang played in the afternoon’s gusting winds, which made scoring tougher. She was one of just three players to go low in the afternoon.
“It was very tough conditions, very windy,” Yang said. “But I just enjoyed my game. Everything was working well.”
Hur teed off on 10 and birdied five of her first seven holes.
She dropped a shot at the par-five first, but rebounded with back-to-back birdies at six and seven.
Hur was unpredictable off the tee, but compensated with a sparkling short game.
“You know, my shot was left/right, left/right,” Hur said. “The chip-ins are great ... made me more confident. That’s why I’m in better shape now.”
She set the tone when she missed the green at her opening hole - then chipped in for birdie.
She did it again on the par-three 14th. She said it was the same scenario as her opening round.
“It’s really exactly same two rounds,” Hur said. “Same shots today, same short game today.”
Yang belted a five-iron to eight feet on the par-five sixth hole and made the putt for eagle.
Yang is brimming with confidence after finishing fourth at the Sybase Match Play.
“I had really good feelings from the match play,” she said. “And it’s staying that way. I feel really good about my game, really confident.”
Overnight leader Shanshan Feng of China posted an even par round to fall four shots off the lead.