Philippine teenager Yuka Saso fired six birdies in a four-under par 67 on Friday to grab a one-shot lead over former champion Lee6 Jeong-eun on the midway stage of the US Women’s Open.
Saso, 19 and a two-time winner on the Japan LPGA tour, rolled in an extended birdie putt at her last gap, the par-three eighth on the imposing Lake Course at Olympic Club, to complete 36 holes at six-under par 136.
She walked off the course with a two-shot lead, however Lee6, whose solely LPGA tour title is her 2019 US Open triumph, stormed dwelling with 4 of her 5 birdies on the again 9 in a four-under 67 for 137.
The South Korean reeled off three straight birdies at 15, 16, and 17, however missed a 12-footer on the 18th for a share of the lead.
Saso is taking part in simply her third main, however she has expertise to attract on of contending on the LPGA tour. She held a two-shot lead by way of 36 holes on the Lotte Championship in April.
“Stay patient and enjoy,” she stated of the lesson she’ll take into the weekend, together with the boldness of a robust efficiency on the difficult par-71 format that has hosted 5 males’s US Opens however had by no means earlier than hosted a girls’s main.
“I hit good shots from the rough today and holed a couple putts,” she stated.
She stated the important thing to hitting out of the dense tough at Olympic was to not attempt to do an excessive amount of.
“First, if I go in the rough, my mindset is just to go for the fairway,” she stated. “I mean, it’s really long and, like, sticky, so yeah, it’s really hard to get on (the green) from it.
“I’m glad that I’m a little bit bit good out of it.”
Lee6 said there was no real secret to her back nine birdie burst.
“Oh, simply I really feel good with my pictures, and my placing was good, the pace,” she said.
“I’m undoubtedly happy with my outcomes. I received just one bogey and I made 5 birdies.”
Megha Ganne, the 17-year-old amateur who shared the overnight lead with England’s Mel Reid, held her own in the damp, chilly weather that made the course even more daunting, carding an even par 71 for a share of third on 138 alongside Megan Khang (70).
China’s Feng Shanshan was a further stroke back after a 70 for 139.
Reid settled for a two-over 73 to join a group on 14 along with world number two Park In-bee, who shot a 69, and Lexi Thompson, who posted a 71.
“It was robust at the moment,” Reid said after a round that included three bogeys in her last five holes and four bogeys overall. “It was chilly. Didn’t hit it nearly as good at the moment.
“I just was struggling to kind of rotate a little bit,” she added of again bother that flared up within the chilly. “A little bit of a disappointing finish, but you’re going to have a stretch of four or five holes like that in a major where you just have to grind out pars, and I did the best I could, but in a great position going into the weekend.”