Nordqvist, Hull-Kirk on top in South Korea
Incheon, South Korea (SportsNetwork.com) - Anna Nordqvist and Katherine Hull- Kirk carded matching 2-under 70s on Saturday to remain tied for the lead after the second round of the LPGA KEB - HanaBank Championship.
Nordqvist and Hull-Kirk ended 36 holes tied at 7-under-par 137. They had been two of the four first-round co-leaders.
The other two first round leaders -- Ju Young Park and Amy Yang -- both shot 1-under 71 and share third place at minus-6. They stand alongside defending champion Suzann Pettersen, who shot 3-under 69 for the second day in a row on the Ocean Course at Sky 72 Golf Club.
Ha Neul Kim used a 2-under 70 to remain tied for sixth place at 5-under-par 139. She was joined there by Hee Kyung Seo, Alison Walshe and Sei Young Kim, who all shot 68 in round two.
Jiyai Shin is alone in 10th place at minus-4 after posting a 1-under 71 on Saturday.
Hull-Kirk had an up and down front nine. She got going with birdies on one and three before tripping to a bogey on the fourth. She bounced back with an eagle on the par-5 fifth to jump into the lead at minus-8.
The Australian pushed her lead to two with a birdie on No. 7. However, she bogeyed the eighth and double-bogeyed the ninth to slide back to 6-under.
Nordqvist birdied the third, but gave that shot back at the seventh. She converted back-to-back birdies at eight and nine to make the turn with a 1- stroke lead.
Hull-Kirk, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, birdied the 13th and Nordqvist followed with a bogey on 14 to drop one shot back. There was a 2-stroke swing at the 15th as Nordqvist made birdie and Hull-Kirk stumbled to a bogey.
That left Nordqvist alone in the lead at minus-7. Nordqvist closed with three pars in a row from the 16th.
"I played really solid today. I had a lot of opportunities and I putted a lot of good putts that seemed to go in," Nordqvist stated. "I had a couple really good shots that just caught the wind, but overall I'm in a good spot going into tomorrow, so I'm very happy."
Hull-Kirk bounced back with a birdie on the 17th to gain a share of the lead.
"Yeah, there was obviously a lot of mistakes today. I was fortunate I made enough birdies to kind of make up for it," Hull-Kirk said. "My golf swing is all right, but I'm just going to go hit some balls on the range when I'm done here and just get a bit of timing back. But I feel confident with where my game is, and really happy to be in this position."
NOTES: Nordqvist and Hull-Kirk both have two LPGA Tour wins, one of which was a major championship (2009 LPGA Championship) for Nordqvist ... Korean LPGA standout Ju Young Park is the younger sister of two-time LPGA Tour winner Hee Young Park.
10/19 05:58:54 ET