LPGA: Miyazato maintains slender Evian Championship lead
Last Updated: 14/09/13 10:43pm
Mika Miyazato: Leads the way in France
Mika Miyazato maintained her one-shot lead after the second round of the Evian Championship, the inaugural fifth major of the LPGA season.
The first day's play was washed out by torrential rain on Thursday, with only 15 players making it out onto the course before subsequently having their scores wiped out.
And with more rain forecast, tournament officials announced on Friday evening that the event would be reduced to 54 holes, with the leading 70 players and ties making the final round.
Miyazato carded an opening 65 and recovered from bogeys at her first two holes on Saturday to add a 69 thanks to birdies on the sixth, seventh, 13th and 18th.
That left her eight under par and one ahead of Norway's Suzann Pettersen and teenage amateur Lydia Ko, with world number two and Ricoh British Women's Open champion Stacy Lewis a shot further back.
Pettersen, one of the stars of Europe's recent Solheim Cup win in Colorado, carded a 69 and said: "It wasn't a perfect round of golf but I managed to put a score together and give myself a chance for tomorrow.
"I made a few key pars and tried to take advantage of good playing conditions. There were a few tricky pin placements as well so it's not that easy to get a four, five under (round)."
Ko is just 16 years old and would be the youngest ever winner of a major, but has already won five professional titles, including retaining her Canadian Open title last month.
She returned a flawless 67 which featured birdies at the third, fourth, 17th and 18th.
Lewis added a 67 to her opening 69 and then expressed her disappointment at the early decision to make it a 54-hole event.
"I think a major should be 72 holes," the American said. "I would have liked to have seen a cut to 50 instead of 70 and try to get 72 in. But 54 holes is a shootout, so you just have to go out there tomorrow and do the best you can."
Inbee Park's bid to become the first player ever to win four majors in the same year looks to be over after the South Korean could only add a 71 to her opening 74 to remain three over par.