Friday, February 05, 2016

 Jang leads after storm-hit Florida second 

round: 147 scores and better beat the cut

Jang Ha-Na leads world No 1 Lydia Ko and Haru Nomura after Friday's completion of the storm-halted second round of the LPGA Coates Championship.
South Korea's Jang, unable to tee off Thursday before heavy rain, fired a par-72 on Friday morning to stand on seven-under par 137 after 36 holes at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club course in Ocala, Florida.
Birdies at the par-three fourth and par-five 18th by Jang were offset by a double bogey at the par-four 13th, when she sailed her approach over the green and onto a cart path.
"I was really angry after 13," Jang said. "But my caddie said, 'No, don't be angry, too many holes right now, two more days so you keep going. Simple. Simple. Don't think about it.' And then at 18, the birdie was really nice. I finished so good."
It was enough to keep her on top as New Zealand's Ko, an 18-year-old of South Korean heritage, took a bogey on her final second-round hole. She was stopped on the 18th green by the rain on Thursday.
"Three putts. But what can you do?" Ko said. "I just hit, apart from the third one, a little too hard."
Japanese star Nomura was the clubhouse leader on Thursday after a sizzling 66 when the storm struck. 

Scot Catriona Matthew was on 145 after rounds of 75 and 70.
She made the cut with two strokes to spare, i.e. Players with 36-hole tallies of 148 and higher did not qualify for the remainder of the tournament.