Park pulls into share of lead at Australian Open
South Korean Inbee Park shot a 4-under-par 69 on Friday to claim a share of the second-round lead in the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide.
The seven-time major winner's bogey-free round has her tied with England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) at 10-under 136 for the tournament.
"It was a little bit more calm this morning, so it was nice to play out there," said Park, who has 19 career victories.
"My putting was consistent, like the last couple of days, so it was good. I just love the golf course and the atmosphere here. So, hopefully I can pull it off on the weekend."
Park, who hit 14 of 15 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, is looking for her first win since the 2018 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Ewart Shadoff, who started on the back, answered two early bogeys with five birdies to secure a share of the 36-hole lead.
"It was a different day today. The wind was obviously a lot stronger, so it was a lot tougher, but I played really steady again," Ewart Shadoff said. "I didn't get off to the greatest of starts but I managed to fight back."
Ewart Shadoff, a 10-year LPGA veteran, has two career runner-up finishes, including at the 2017 Women's British Open. She hit 10 of 15 fairways and 14 of 18 greens.
Rookie Jillian Hollis (69) shot a bogey-free 69 to reside in third place at 9-under. She is making her seventh appearance in an LPGA Tour event.
Fellow American Marina Alex (70) and South Korean Ayean Cho (69) are tied for fourth at 8-under.
Cho held the lead after three rounds at last week's ISPS Handa Vic Open before an 81 on Sunday dropped her into a tie for 16th place.
Defending champion Nelly Korda struggled to a 73 on Friday to sit six strokes behind the leaders. She is tied for 24th place.
Former Rolex Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko of Australia shot a 73 on Friday to record a 1-over par, which was one stroke in back of the cutline -- which was set at even-par 146.
Five-time champion Karrie Webb, also of Australia, missed the cut after carding her second consecutive 74.
The event is the only one on the LPGA schedule for the next four weeks after the tour canceled events in Thailand, China and Singapore over coronavirus fears.
--Field Level Media
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