U.S. star Lexi Thompson fired a bogey-free six-under par 65 to stretch her lead to three strokes after Friday's second round of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship.
James Hahn birdied the final hole Thursday for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Ricky Barnes in the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Thompson is playing in her third tournament since losing a playoff in the ANA Inspiration for being penalized four strokes for a rules violation spotted by a person watching the tournament on television.
3-7 on Kingsmill Resort's River Course.
Second-ranked Korean So Yeon Ryn shot 70 while tournament defending champions Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand managed 72. Kung eagled the par-4 sixth in a 66.
The second nine was pretty insane, Thompson said.
Ryu can claim the mantle simply by recording a higher finish than Ko, with Jutanugarn going to the top if she picked up a significantly better result than the leading pair.
Kang, a 24-year-old Las Vegas native, said she was up until 1:30 a.m. tweaking and fretting over an important aspect of her game.
Piller had six birdies and a bogey.
Like Kang, Ko hit 17 greens. "But I just love the shape of the golf course, and it's in ideal shape for us once again this year, and probably the best I've seen it".
She answered with a birdie on the first hole, her second nine of the round, then ran off her birdie binge starting at the par-5 third and ending at the par-5 seventh. Just happy to be under par and looking forward to tomorrow..
"Obviously, that's a really good start to the week", Ko said.
Instead of driving to the golf course, Thompson did a freefall from 10,000 feet above to arrive at the Championship in Williamsburg, VA. She said it offered a fair assessment of each player's game. It's always nice to walk out of your room and the 9th hole is right there and you can walk out to the putting green. The girls are playing great, so I know that I need to try and keep up, and to be in contention, I need to make a lot of birdies out there..
Lincicome had five birdies in a bogey-free round.