Amy Yang, of South Korea, plays on the 4th hole during the last round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent
AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani
Friday, February 26, 2016

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) Defending champion Amy Yang carded a 3-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand on Friday.

Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by two before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-3 12th.

At 9 under overall, the South Korean was one shot ahead of countrywoman Q Baek (71) and Americans Jessica Korda (66) and Thompson (72).

''I struggled a little bit on the front, two bogeys straight, but I stayed patient, got through it well,'' Yang said. ''Leading by one shot is not much, and two more rounds is still a lot of golf.''

Korda's low round of the day, matched by Haru Nomura of Japan, was capped by a 12-foot eagle putt on her last hole.

Xi Yu Lin of China hit a hole in one on the 186-yard, par-3 16th, and earned a Honda Accord.

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