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. 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.