Ji-Hee Lee fired a bogey-free 64 in the 2nd round of the Suntory Ladies Open today to leapfrog 1st-round co-leaders Sun-Ju Ahn and Esther Lee, who were joined by Chie Arimura and Hiromi Mogi 2 shots off Lee's pace. Arimura's bogey-free 67 featured 4 birdies in her 1st 5 holes after she made the turn onto the back, while Mogi's 68 was also bogey-free and was highlighted by 3 birdies in a 5-hole stretch midway through the front. Also among the 13 players within 5 shots of the lead are Ayako Uehara, Shiho Oyama, and Bo-Mee Lee. Meanwhile, Ai Miyazato could only manage 2 birdies and a bogey as she fell 6 shots off the pace, and Sakura Yokomine finds herself 9 back at the halfway point of the tournament. Still, they fared better than Yuri Fudoh, Teresa Lu, Yukari Baba, and Kumiko Kaneda, who missed the cut despite it including the low 60 and ties rather than the JLPGA's usual low 50.
Here's how the leaders and notables stand on the eve of moving day in Hyogo:
1st/-9 Ji-Hee Lee (71-64)
T2/-7 Chie Arimura (70-67), Hiromi Mogi (69-68), Sun-Ju Ahn (67-70), Esther Lee (67-70)
T6/-6 Mayu Hattori (70-68), Chihiro Ikeda [a] (70-68), Ayako Uehara (69-69)
T9/-5 Rui Kitada (71-68), Jae-Hee Bae (71-68)
T11/-4 Bo-Mee Lee (71-69), Shiho Oyama (70-70)
T14/-3 Nikki Campbell (71-70), Yumiko Yoshida (71-70), Ai Miyazato (70-71), Sakura Kito [a] (70-71), Ji-Woo Lee (68-73)
T19/-2 So-Hee Kim (73-69), Akiko Fukushima (71-71), Eun-A Lim (71-71), Na-Ri Kim (70-72), Kaori Ohe (70-72)
T26/-1 Ah-Reum Hwang (73-70), Li-Ying Ye (73-70), Eun-Bi Jang (73-70), Saiki Fujita (71-72), Soo-Yun Kang (70-73), Asako Fujimoto (70-73)
T36/E Onnarin Sattayabanphot (74-70), Hyun-Ju Shin (72-72), Aoi Nagata (72-72), Sakura Yokomine (71-73)
T43/+1 Inbee Park (75-70), Tamie Durdin (75-70), Miki Saiki (73-72), Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-73), Akane Iijima (71-74)
T51/+2 Young Kim (75-71), Ritsuko Ryu (74-72), Miho Mori [a] (72-74), Rikako Morita (71-75), Yun-Jye Wei (71-75), Kaori Aoyama (71-75), Tao-Li Yang (71-75)
MC: Yuri Fudoh (77-70), Yuko Mitsuka (75-72), Lala Anai (74-73), Na-Ri Lee (75-72), Yuki Ichinose (72-75), Mie Nakata (71-76), Teresa Lu (76-72), Pei-Ying Tsai (74-74), Maiko Wakabayashi (73-75), Mika Takushima (73-75), Shinobu Moromizato (72-76), Kumiko Kaneda (77-72), Megumi Kido (75-74), Julie Lu (74-75), Erina Hara (72-78), Ji-Na Lim (74-76), Miki Uehara (75-76), Yukari Baba (76-76), Riko Higashio (75-77), Miki Sakai (75-78), Erika Kikuchi (76-78), Hiroko Ayada (75-80), Min-Jeong Ko [a] (79-77), Simin Feng (80-84)
We'll see who can make a big move tomorrow!