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Seven-time main winner Inbee Park has a one-shot lead over Open champion Sophia Popov heading into the weekend on the Kia Basic, whereas Mel Reid is simply three off the tempo.

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Mel Reid is three behind Inbee Park going into the weekend

Mel Reid stayed in rivalry for her second LPGA title as she fired a stable 70 to lie three photographs behind midway chief Inbee Park on the Kia Basic.

Reid saved errors at bay and carded two birdies and 16 pars to achieve six underneath par, whereas Girls’s Open champion Sophia Popov jumped into second place after following her opening 69 with a six-birdie 68.

Park leads the way in which heading into the weekend at Carlsbad in California, overlaying the again 9 in 35 earlier than three birdies in 5 holes lifted her to 10 underneath, though the South Korean dropped her first shot of the week on the seventh.

Women's Open champion Sophia Popov fired a 68 to leap into second place

Girls’s Open champion Sophia Popov fired a 68 to leap into second place

The seven-time main champion closed on 9 underneath to stay a shot forward of Popov, who was 5 underneath for the day after 12 holes earlier than her problem stalled with back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth.

The German received one shot again on the subsequent to make sure a spot in Saturday’s remaining group with Park and Reid, who’s in outright third after 36 holes having parred each gap on the inward half as she missed a collection of excellent possibilities to get nearer to the chief.

“My putter was as chilly as ice at present,” stated a annoyed Reid. “I felt like I hit it good, I believe I missed one inexperienced. I did not drive it as fairly effectively as I’d usually drive it, however I really feel like I am in a great spot. I am hitting it good.

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“I simply want a number of extra putts to drop. I used to be hitting good putts, it is simply robust to make putts within the afternoon. The greens do get slightly bit bobbly within the afternoon and it is exhausting to form of hold the ball on-line. However bogey-free on a tricky golf course, I’d at all times take that.”

Reid is relishing the possibility to play alongside a pair of main winners in Saturday’s remaining threeball, and he or she has an enormous quantity of respect for what Park has achieved in her stellar profession.

“Inbee has received rather a lot,” she added. “I am clearly going to should play effectively to get the job finished over the weekend having a pair main champions forward of me. Inbee arguably top-of-the-line golfers that is ever performed our recreation.

Reid carded two birdies and 16 pars in her 70

Reid carded two birdies and 16 pars in her 70

“Yeah, it’s going to be numerous enjoyable. Clearly I am good mates with Sophia, so it needs to be a enjoyable weekend. I am wanting ahead to it.”

Bronte Regulation (72) and Stephanie Meadow (75) have been two of solely 24 gamers to achieve the midway stage underneath par, whereas Charley Hull made 4 birdies over her final eight holes to card a 70 and make it safely by to the weekend on two over.

However Georgia Corridor (+6) has an additional two days to apply forward of subsequent week’s first main of the yr, the ANA Inspiration, together with the returning Michelle Wie West.

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Wie shaved seven photographs off her opening 82 to complete on 11 over in her first match for nearly two years, and he or she stated: “I used to be rusty and, with yesterday’s windy circumstances, that was robust to get again into it. However there’s rather a lot to study from the final couple of days.

“I like at present was much more constant than yesterday. Clearly I am nonetheless not the place I would like it to be, however I made numerous progress, and that is one of the best factor. If I can enhance by seven strokes each single day, I will take it.”



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