Angela Stanford and Ai Miyazato took advantage of soft greens and calm conditions to top the leaderboard Friday after the second round of the Canadian Women’s Open.
Stanford shot a 6-under 66 and Miyazato had a 68 to reach 11-under 133 on the tree-lined Hillsdale Golf Club course north of Montreal.
Song-Hee Kim was third at 9 under after a 68, with eight players another stroke back, including defending champion Michelle Wie, who shot a 69. Paula Creamer also was in the group after a 68.
Miyazato began the day tied for the lead at 7 under with Pernilla Lindberg, who shot 71 to join Wie, Creamer, Seon Hwa Lee (65), Becky Morgan (67), Sophie Gustafson (68), Gerina Piller (66) and Brittany Lincicome (68) at 8 under.
“The fairway is wide open, the greens are big,” said Miyazato, the Evian Masters winner last month in France. “You can be aggressive hitting the second shot. “So this weekend, will be close to 20 under, but it depends on the weather and it depends on the pin positions. I’ll try to make as many birdies as I can.”
Wie, the winner last year at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, had five birdies and two bogeys.
“It’s what I wanted for the weekend,” Wie said. “I’m motivated to go out and try to get this thing done. I’ll do like I’ve done the last two days — stay patient and try to make a lot more birdies.”
Top-ranked Yani Tseng had her second straight 71.