Spain's Carlota Ciganda breaks tournament record at World Ladies Championship
Last Updated: March 9, 2013 12:35pm
Carlota Ciganda: Tournament record at Mission Hills
Spain's Carlota Ciganda fired a nine-under 63 to break the World Ladies Championship record in Hainan, China.
Ciganda moved into second place after the second round, one stroke behind world No 4 Inbee Park from Korea.
Ciganda carded nine birdies on the Sandbelt Trails course in blazing sunshine, with four on the front nine and five on the back.
She said: "I feel very comfortable. I like the way they treat us and the course is very nice so I feel very calm, very relaxed. It's one of my favourite places because I played well last year and it seems like I'm playing well this year so hopefully I can play good over the weekend and be at the top."
With Park top of the leaderboard, South Korea also lead the team competitions in which the scores of the leading two representatives are combined.
She fired seven birdies in a flawless 65 and thanks to her efforts and those of compatriot Ha Neul Kim, South Korea have a whopping seven-shot lead over second-place Spain (Ciganda and Tania Elosegui) and Norway (Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord).
Pettersen ended the day in a share of third at seven-under par alongside Italy's Veronica Zorzi and South Korea's Bo Mi Suh, who still had two holes to go when play was called off for the day due to darkness.