“Sometimes when you give yourself a lot of looks, I think it’s easy to get frustrated because they won’t all fall off,” said Coe, who made Five Birds and an Eagle on the second day. “I think a lot of times when I was putting a bird down, it was at a very good range and it wasn’t hard, as I think I was pushing myself and then I would hit a wrong shot the next time. So I tried to make sure what happened behind me wouldn’t affect what was It happens in the foreground.”
This is the 10th time Coe has held the 36-hole lead or joint lead, and in the previous nine instances, she has won four times, most recently at the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio earlier this year. She came up short in the event last year, finishing in a tie for second place with now LPGA Tour Rookie Atthaya Thitikul, and while she’s not too worried about what’s going to happen this weekend, her 18th Tour win will definitely be a great taste forward from the major final year.
“I was so close last year, but at the same time Ryan played really well and I was definitely on the chase so I knew I had a great run and then I was able to finish it there,” Coe said. “I think that’s all you can do, right, is just focus on your game and the best players in the world are here, so it’s not easy being the one lifting the trophy at the end of the week. I know if you play well I’ll be happy about that. And it’s not a game Really, it’s me against the rest of the guys, but it’s more like me against myself.”
Epson Tour alumnus Lilia Fue sits in second on her own after supporting her 65th opening with five under-67s. The 24-year-old caught fire in the front nine — her ninth back today — scoring four birds in her last eight openings, including That’s two in a row at Nos 6 and 7. Foo knows what’s needed to play well on links-style courses — there aren’t many trees on her home course, Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine, California — and says she’s put a premium on Finding the right track this week, something that was key to her 36-hole success.
“I just position myself well off the tee. I think that really matters,” said Fu, who hit eight of 14 passes on Friday. “You really make your bird out of hitting the trails here and every hole is different from the other hole. There aren’t a lot of similar holes so you have to be really precise from the tee. And I was able to do it on my back nine times more than nine on the front to give myself more chances.”
The Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play presented by MGM bonus winner Eun-Hee Ji beats the top three at -11 after tying the week low round with 8-under 64. The 36-year-old Korean made nine birdies and one ghost a day, Comb four in a row from numbers 3-6. It’s the first time it’s shot 65 or better since last year’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and tied for 64 with its second lowest result on the LPGA Tour.
“I got a bogey early in the round, but honestly, I could have saved on par there, but I just miss the knockout,” Gee said of her only flaw that day. “The caddy was telling me, ‘Let’s bounce back’ and he encouraged me so I played with more confidence and got a lot of sparrows after that hole and finished well.”
Thailand’s Wishani Michai and LPGA Tour winner Celine Potter tie for fourth with a time of -10. Four players, including 18-hole leader Jin Choi, are in a tie for sixth place at -9. Six players are in trouble in the T10, most notably 2018 AIG Women’s Championship champion Georgia Hall and Epson 2022 Tour winner Andrea Lee. 75 players made the cut at -1, including Scots Gemma Dryburg and Kylie Henry.