COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — Candie Kung birdied four of her final six holes Friday to match the course record with an 8-under 64 and take the second-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
The 34-year-old Taiwanese player had an 11-under 133 total at Vancouver Golf Club. Playing the back nine first, she birdied the first two holes and eagled the par-5 13th. The four-time LPGA Tour winner added birdies on Nos. 4 and 6-8.
Two-time champion Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher of France were tied for second. The 18-year-old Ko had a 68, and Icher followed her opening 65 with a 70.
Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title in 2013 as an amateur in Edmonton, Alberta. She has two victories this year.
China’s Xi Yu Lin was fourth at 8 under after a 66.
Top-ranked Inbee Park, the Women’s British Open winner in her last start, was tied for eighth at 4 under after a 69. She has a tour-high four victories this season.
Canadian teen Brooke Henderson, coming off a victory Sunday in the Portland Classic, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 58th at 1 over. The 17-year-old Henderson is the first Canadian to win on the tour since Lorie Kane in 2001.
Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 75. Struggling with a left ankle injury, she was playing her first tournament since withdrawing during the second round of the Women’s British Open after slipping walking off a tee box.