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American golfer Khang opens up slim lead at Canadian championship

By Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Megan Khang moved to the highest of the leaderboard throughout second spherical play of the CPKC Women’s Open on Friday because the American carded a six-under 66 for a one-stroke lead at Canada’s nationwide championship.

Through 36 holes at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Khang was seven-under 137 on the 2.5 million U.S. {dollars} LPGA Tour occasion. Sweden’s Linn Grant completed the day when she began in second place after a one-under 71.

Overnight chief Yuka Saso of Japan struggled to a one-over 73 to sit down two photographs again in equal third with South Korean Ko Jin-young (70). American Nelly Korda, the World No. 2, was fifth after a 70 at three photographs again.

World No. 3 Yin Ruoning (72) and Yan Jing (71) had been the highest Chinese gamers on even par 144. Zhang Weiwei was two photographs additional again after a 77. Liu Yu (72), Liu Ruixin (74) and Lin Xiyu (74) additionally made the four-over reduce. Liu Yan (72) and amateurs Alice Zhao (75) and Liu Yanjun (76) missed the weekend play. He Muni withdrew.

Khang put herself in competition for her first LPGA Tour win when she carded a bogey-free spherical that includes six birdies, together with 5 consecutively ranging from the eleventh gap.

“It was a solid day. Yesterday I felt pretty good, but it’s never a good feeling finishing with three bogeys in a row. I knew I could play some pretty good golf out here,” mentioned the 25-year-old from Massachusetts.

“This golf course I feel like you can’t really get too comfortable on. These fairways are tight and the greens are fast and firm, so I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m just going out there just trying to deal with one shot at a time.”

Linn began her early morning spherical on the Shaughnessy again 9 and picked up birdies on the 14th, seventeenth and first holes to get to eight-under. She then stumbled down the stretch with bogeys on the fourth and her final gap, the ninth, to stay one stroke off the lead.

“A bit similar to yesterday. I feel like I actually hit the ball better today, just didn’t get the same momentum as yesterday,” mentioned the Swede. “Still, a tricky course. Some good golf, but not quite there.”

Brooke Henderson, World No. 10, rebounded from a disastrous opening spherical 75 to submit a 68 within the second spherical to securely make the weekend play and please her legion of Canadian followers. The stress will now be on the Ontario native to repeat as champion of the match she received in 2018 regardless of being six strokes again.

“Yeah, I’m super excited to play on the weekend. Hopefully I can just continue to climb the leaderboard and move up a little bit,” mentioned Henderson who has received 13 instances on the LPGA Tour, together with two majors.

“Yeah, I needed a confidence boost after the last few weeks and after yesterday, so this feels good. Hopefully I will just continue on and keep pushing.”

Notable scores included World No. 1 Lilia Vu (72) on even par, tied with France’s Celine Boutier (71). New Zealand’s Lydia Ko was two photographs additional again after a 74.