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Ashleigh Buhai leads Blue Bay LPGA by 1 stroke

Ashleigh Buhai, of South Africa, watcher her tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings / Associated Press)
Ashleigh Buhai, of South Africa, watcher her tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Indianapolis. (Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

HAINAN, China – Ashleigh Buhai shot a 4-under 68 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament.

The South African birdied four of the last seven holes, including a difficult chip-in on the par-4 12th, to finish at 9-under 135 overall, one shot ahead of Shanshan Feng (67).

“It played a lot tougher than the last few days,” Buhai said. “The wind was more or less the same direction, just a bit stronger, so I think it helps being the same direction as you have an idea what to do. It was just a case of taking more club and just trying to play it with the wind.”

Feng shot the best round of the day with her 67, a score that moved her up 13 places and into second.

“I knew that after the first round, I would be warmed up a little more,” Feng said. “I would say my ball-striking today was better, so I was giving myself birdie chances.”

First round leader Sun Young Yoo (74) dropped to third place at 5 under, while Lizette Salas (73) is fourth at 4 under. Defending champion Minjee Lee (73) is in a tie for 20th at even par, along with No. 1-ranked Sung Hyun Park (76).


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