THE COLONY, Texas — Jin Younger Ko chipped in for eagle on the par-4 fifteenth and completed a bogey-free 32-hole Saturday in close to darkness with a 1-stroke lead within the Volunteers of America Traditional.
Ko returned to overcast and breezy Outdated American early Saturday, enjoying the ultimate 14 holes for a 1-under 70 within the suspended second spherical. After a relaxation break at her close by house in Frisco, the 25-year-old South Korean star shot 66 within the third spherical. She obtained up-and-down for par on the par-4 18th, chipping shut after hitting over the inexperienced.
Germany’s Esther Henseleit and Finland’s Matilda Castren have been tied for second. Henseleit additionally eagled the fifteenth in her 64. Castren shot 68. They each completed their second rounds Friday.
Ko dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 on this planet when Nelly Korda gained the KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship final week for her second straight victory, ending a run of almost two years. Even with a victory Sunday, Ko would stay No. 2.
The primary-round chief after a 63, Ko had a 14-under 199 complete within the occasion that obtained again on schedule after the beginning of play Friday was delayed six hours due to rain and lightning.
The 22-year-old Henseleit adopted the eagle on 15 with a birdie on the par-5 seventeenth. She gained the Girls European Tour’s 2019 Magical Kenya Girls Open.
“I truly did not assume we’d get that near not ending, however I am so completely happy that we did,” Henseleit stated. “It truly is darkish. You could not actually see the pins on the final two holes. However simply completely happy to be sleeping in tomorrow.”
Castren birdied 15 and 17. She gained the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship three weeks in the past in California at foggy Lake Merced to change into the primary Finnish winner in LPGA Tour historical past.
Jeongeun Lee6, the South Korean participant who gained the 2019 U.S. Girls’s Open and lives in close by Irving, was 10 underneath after a 69. She birdied the final three holes.
Defending champion Angela Stanford birdied three of the final 4 holes in a 68 to get to 9 underneath. The 43-year-old former TCU star from Fort Price gained at 7 underneath final 12 months when the occasion was performed in early December.
“With this east wind that we’re having at present, I instructed my caddie strolling down the second gap, ‘That is the toughest wind out right here,'” Stanford stated. “Now we have seen all instructions, however I believe east is the toughest. That most likely helped me relax and be affected person and realize it was going to play more durable.”
She performed 31 holes Saturday, ending a second-round 70 within the morning.
“I am able to go mattress,” Stanford stated. “That 4:30 wake-up name was robust.”
Ana Belac additionally was 9 underneath after a 68.
Stacy Lewis, from the Houston space, bogeyed the 18th in a 68 that left her 8 underneath. The 2014 event winner performed 32 holes Saturday.
“I am drained. At the moment was so lengthy. It was exhausting,” Lewis stated. “Early this morning it performed actually onerous I believed with the wind coming again out. … Simply actually tiring, and glad to be finished.”