PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Hannah Green took the lead into the weekend within the Palos Verdes Championship, rebounding from consecutive bogeys Thursday in gusting wind to birdie the 2 unhurried par 5s in a 5-below 66.
Green had a three-stroke lead over five gamers at hilly Palos Verdes Estates within the principal-year occasion that wraps up the LPGA Tour’s two-week, Los Angeles-place preserve and five-occasion West Flee swing.
“Expectantly, I will be able to preserve as many bogeys off the scorecard and preserve making birdies,” Green stated. “I mediate there would possibly be some low scores.”
Green done 2nd within the wait on of Nasa Hataoka on Sunday within the LA Originate at Whilshire Nation Membership. She has two diversified top-eight finishes this season, tying for sixth in Singapore and tying for sixth at Mission Hills within the principal principal of the year.
“I’m excited to glimpse what the weekend brings,” Green stated. “I mediate they’re going to possibly commerce the route setup, possibly make things objective a microscopic extra drivable. It’ll be appropriate. I’m excited. Constantly nice to play within the last community and enjoying last weekend, I mediate that helps as effectively.”
The Australian birdied the principal three holes and five of the principal seven Friday in her afternoon round, then dropped strokes on the par-4 12th and downhill par-3 13th. She got the images wait on with birdies on 14 and 16 and closed with two pars to elevate out at 9-below 133.
“It became once a extremely nice originate,” Green stated.” I maintain love as soon as you absorb wedge for your hand you are looking out for to make a birdie, and managed to salvage one other couple birdies coming in on the entrance nine. I knew the wait on nine became once going to be slightly advanced with the wind choosing up and getting objective a microscopic bit gusty.”
Green has birdied all three par 5s day to day. She acquired both of her LPGA Tour titles in 2019, taking the principal KPMG Females’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine and the Portland Classic.
First-round chief Minjee Lee adopted her opening 63 with a 73 to descend right into a tie for 2nd with top-ranked Jin Younger Ko (72), Lydia Ko (67) and Megan Khang (69).
The fourth-ranked Lee eagled the par-5 seventh and had four bogeys. She tied for third at Whilshire.
Jin Younger Ko had a double bogey on No. 5 and appropriate one birdie. Final week, she stumbled to a tie for 21st after sharing the lead unhurried within the third round.
“I became once advanced to round within the afternoon,” Jim Younger Ko stated. “Greens are bumpy poa annua and windy available, so it became once onerous.”
Lydia Ko had an early double bogey on the par-3 13th and eagled the seventh.
“You appropriate wish to play appropriate creatively and be affected person,” Ko stated. “There are some more difficult holes and some simpler ones, so despite the undeniable fact that you just happen to pause make a mistake, don’t stop, and feel love chances are you’ll perchance be in a position to make up for it on the following gap.”
Maude-Aimee Leblanc (68), Annie Park (69) and Jennifer Chang (72) had been 5 below.
Lexi Thompson, enjoying alongside Ko and Brooke Henderson, became once even par after a 73 in her first occasion since tying for fourth four weeks ago at Mission Hills. Henderson shot 75-72 to omit the nick for the 2nd straight week.
Anna Davis, the Augusta National Females’s Newbie winner, made the nick in first LPGA Tour originate, shooting 71-72. The 16-year-outdated is from Spring Valley east of San Diego. She got a sponsor exemption.