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Kim Kaufman grabs one-shot lead at LPGA Founders Cup

Kim Kaufman grabs one-shot lead at LPGA Founders Cup

American Kim Kaufman birdied two of the last four holes Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead over South Korea`s Kim Hyo-Joo after the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup.

Darkness halted the second round Friday with many of the leaders still on the course as the tournament lagged behind due to a four-hour weather delay Thursday.

Kaufman, three-under after 12 holes when nightfall came, birdied the par-5 15th and another at the par-4 18th concluded a five-under par 67 round that put her on 11-under 133 for 36 holes.

Kaufman, a second-year LPGA player whose best showing was a share of fourth in last year`s North Texas Shootout, was able to move past Friday clubhouse leader Kim, who fired a 69 Friday.

World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand and third-ranked American Stacy Lewis joined South Korean Kim Sei-Young, American Austin Ernst and Thailand`s Ariya Jutanugarn in a share of third on 135.

South Korean Jang Ha-Na, a back-nine starter who owned the overnight lead with seven birdies in 11 holes before sunset, stumbled when play resumed with a double bogey at the par-3 fourth. After a birdie at the par-5 fifth, she took back-to-back bogeys at six and seven and finished in a pack on 136.

Also three adrift as the third round began were France`s Karine Icher, Colombia`s Mariajo Uribe, Thailand`s Moriya Jutanugarn and South Koreans Lee Mi-Hyang, Lee Il-Hee, Choi Na-Yeon and Chun In-Gee.

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