Lexi Thompson and Jennifer Kupcho, both Americans, shot 64 on Friday to equal for the lead at 11-under in the Pelican Women’s Championship.
“I believe it’s just going out there and having fun, staying in the moment, and committing to my golf shots.” I’ve been putting in a lot of effort both on and off the course. I spent a lot of time with Martin Hall, putting his work to the test and believing in it.”
upcho, who shot a bogey-free 64, has finished second on the LPGA Tour in each of the last three years but has yet to win.
“I guess I’ve been sidetracked from golf since the Solheim Cup,” Kupcho said, “moving into a house and trying to organize a wedding.” “It was perhaps my finest ball-striking week of my life [at the Solheim Cup], so it definitely gave me confidence.”
“All I’m doing now is hitting really excellent iron shots and putting myself in fantastic positions on the greens.”
Overnight leader Leona Maguire of Ireland played a 68 to drop to a tie for third at 10-under with Taiwanese player Wei-Ling Hsu, who recorded a 64 with no bogeys.
Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea tied for fifth place with four other players, including compatriot Sei Young Kim (67) and world number one Nelly Korda, after matching the tournament record established by Maguire on Thursday (66).
Pavarisa Yoktuan of Thailand hit a 145-yard hole-in-one with an 8-iron and won a two-year lease on a Lamborghini.