Olson leads by two strokes at LPGA Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — Amy Olson’s eagle on the front nine and a late birdie on the 16th hole were enough for the American to emerge from a five-way tie from the first-round lead to shoot a three-under 69 and take a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

The 26-year-old American had a two-round total of seven-under 137 yesterday on the Sentosa Golf Club’s Tanjong course.

There was a five-way tie for second — Inbee Park (69), Azahrara Munoz (68), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70), number one-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and number three Minjee Lee (71).

After an eagle on the par-five eighth on Thursday, Olson did the same on the par-five fifth in the second round.

“I’ve made some pretty good shots on both those par fives to set them up,” Olson said.

Number four Park, making her first start of the LPGA season, said she was “feeling kind of rusty, but happy where I am at the moment”.

Former number one Lydia Ko shot 70 and was two-under. Nelly Korda, who won the Women’s Australian Open two weeks ago, shot 70 and was at even-par.