When expected inclement weather didn’t rear its ugly head, the women took advantage and went low during Round 2 of the women’s Olympic golf tournament in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
American Stacy Lewis roared back from a first-round 70, shooting an eight-under 63 to briefly take the lead. Lewis made 11 birdies, effectively wiping out a double bogey on 14. Lewis’ 63 matches her career low score.
But the real story was the continued welcome back party for Korean Inbee Park, who took the outright lead with a birdie on 18 to go to 10 under par. Park’s putter was hotter than it was during the opening round, and she’s made just one bogey over two days of competition.
American Gerina Piller shot a four-under 67, one of the only bogey-free rounds of the day. At times in trouble, her scrambling was key to her success, which has her tied for 8th and four shots off the lead. Fellow American Lexi Thompson shot even par.
Canadian Brooke Henderson fired a seven-under 64 to move into a tie for second with Briton Charley Hull. World No. 1 Lydia was largely quite on Thursday, as was 18-hole leader Ariya Jutanugarn.