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World no.8 takes the lead at Australian Open

Jiyai Shin of Korea in action during her second round in the Australian Women's Open at Royal Canberra.

Jiyai Shin of Korea in action during her second round in the Australian Women's Open at Royal Canberra. Photo: Colleen Petch

World no.8 Jiyai Shin has taken the outright Women's Australian Open lead after getting her second round off to a strong start at Royal Canberra this morning.

Starting on the back nine, the Korean registered three straight birdies from holes 15 to 17 to move to 12-under, and a two shot lead over overnight leader Lydia Ko.

Shin is -4 today through her first nine holes in ideal conditions, although the greens are playing slower due to overnight rain.

Little known Italian Giulia Sergas has also surged, moving to nine-under through ten holes after starting the day at six-under.

Aside from Shin, most of the other big names have failed to make any real impression on the leaderboard.

Beginning at two-under, Australian legend Karrie Webb has dropped a stroke to move back to one-under through nine holes.

The world no.12 is in a tie for 61st place, and is in real danger of missing the 70-player cut.

Playing alongside Webb, world no.3 Stacy Lewis has also dropped two shots this morning to drop back to two-under.

The American’s progress was halted by a disastrous double bogey on the par-three 13th, where she needed two bunker strokes after hitting her tee shot into the sand.

Defending champion Jessica Korda is also starting to make a move. The 19-year-old has birdied two of her last four holes to leap to five-under through nine.

Kristie Smith is the most impressive Australian on course early, carding four-under through ten holes to jump to nine-under, and a share of third place.

Playing on her home course, Canberra’s Nikki Campbell has also begun well this morning, jumping to five-under through ten holes after picking up three shots.

Ko (-10), world no.1 Yani Tseng (-5) and Michelle Wie (+1) begin their second rounds off the first tee at 12.50pm.

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