KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Maria Hjorth of Sweden and Jee Young Lee of South Korea shared the lead Saturday after the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Hjorth was 6 under after shooting her second consecutive 68. Lee, the co-leader after the first round, shot 70 with two birdies and a bogey.
Song-Hee Kim of South Korea had a 68 and was one shot behind heading into Sunday’s final round.
Natalie Gulbis (68) and 50-year-old Juli Inkster (67) were tied for fourth, two shots behind the leaders. Inkster had five birdies and a bogey the second hole. A victory on Sunday would make her the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history.
First round co-leader Mika Miyazato had a 72. Michelle Wie shot 74 to trail the leaders by six strokes. She had a bogey on No. 1 and added three more before a birdie on 16.
Hjorth, looking for her first LPGA win since 2007, said she made a putter change this week following some recent missed cuts. She eagled the par-5 sixth hole and had five birdies.
“I just putted really bad before, so I decided this week to go back to my old putter again, and it’s been working really well,” Hjorth said.
Lee, who has one victory on the LPGA Tour, said she was feeling the nerves ahead of the final round.
“I’ll try to call my mom and talk about tomorrow and just relax,” she said.
Play was suspended for nearly 2 1/2 hours because of an afternoon lightning storm.