PATTAYA, Thailand – Suzann Pettersen of Norway took a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand tournament, shooting an 8-under 64 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course on Friday.
Despite weather that fluctuated between sun and rain, the 2007 champion remained bogey free with a 14-under 130 total, the best two-round performance in the tournament’s history.
“I’ve hit a lot of fairways so far which helps,” Pettersen said. “Coming out of the rough here is hard. I’m rolling the ball well on these greens and enjoying being out there.”
Hee Young Park of South Korea, last year’s runner-up, was in second after an error-free 66.
“I started the second round with two easy birdies. After that it rained a little bit, which confused my thinking,” Park said.
Japan’s Ai Miyazato was another shot back after her second straight 67.
Michelle Wie, who was followed around the course by hundreds of fans, followed up her 72 on Thursday with a 68. She had six birdies against two bogeys to finish with a two-day total of 140, to stand 13th.
Momoko Ueda of Japan hit a 65 for a 9-under total of 135 to take joint-fourth place with Song-Hee Kim of South Korea and Sweden’s Maria Hjorth.
A stroke behind in seventh was sixth-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan, who hit a round of 68 for a total of 136. Australian Karrie Webb, Nontaya Srisawang of Thailand and Catriona Matthew of Scotland shared eighth position on 138.
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa played inconsistently to leave her at 141.
“I felt rusty at the beginning. It’s the second round of the year,” Ochoa said. “So I am trying to get the feeling back.”