PARADISE ISLAND: Yoo Sun-Young carded a four-under 69 on Friday to grab the clubhouse lead at the Bahamas LPGA Classic, but Brittany Lincicome was tied at the top through five holes when darkness halted the second round.
South Korea’s Yoo was among 60 players who finished the second round on Friday, while 60 more were due back to wrap it up on Saturday as the tournament continued to feel the effects of Thursday’s lengthy weather delays.
Yoo’s 36-hole total of seven-under par 139 gave her a one-shot clubhouse lead, but Lincicome had plenty of holes remaining to try to pass her.
The American was two-under for the day through five holes for a seven-under total.
Yoo had four birdies in her four-under effort, the best score on a windy day on the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis resort.
“It was very tough, especially with the wind,” said Yoo, whose two LPGA titles include a major crown at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
“I just tried to stay focused and just tried to make the right putt with the wind,” she said. “Overall, I think I was doing really good the last two rounds and I still have two rounds to go, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Jenny Shin and Kelly Shon both carded two-under 71s and were joined in the clubhouse on 140 by Dori Carter, who carded a 72. Former world number one Park In-Bee was also at six under, through five holes of her second round.
With steady winds of some 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour and gusts reaching 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour, some players said it was the windiest weather they had encountered in competition.
“It’s pretty crazy,” said Carter, “but then again we kind of know that is the Bahamas style and like Hawaii… you just expect it.”
Japan’s Mika Miyazato and Perrine Delacour of France were in the clubhouse on five-under 141 after both signed for three-under 70s. First-round leader Brooke Pancake was among five players on the course at five-under when play was halted.
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the 17-year-old who became the youngest player to seize the world number one ranking on Monday, fired a second-round 71 that left her four-shots off the lead.
Rookie Shon said it was a new experience playing in wind that was bending the flagsticks on the back nine.
“I was just waiting for someone to call me off the green right there,” she said of the gusts coming off the water as she played the 15th hole. “So this is maybe the worst wind conditions I’ve played in, yeah.”