Lee Mi-hyang moves into position at Evian Championship

South Korea’s Lee Mi-Hyang in action. (AFP pic)

EVIAN: Lee Mi-hyang survived a double bogey at the ninth to card a second round 67 on Friday and take the early lead in the second round at the Evian Championship.

Play was later interrupted by a storm with overnight leader Paula Creamer still on the course.

The 26-year-old started the day one stroke off the lead after firing a 65 in the opening round and immediately birdied the first two holes.

A small disaster followed with a double-bogey on the par-5 ninth but the South Korean responded with birdies on 16 and 17.

An eagle at the par-5 18th marked a strong finish which took Lee to the top of the clubhouse leaderboard at 10-under.

One stroke behind is fellow South Korean Park Sung-hyun who needed just 24 putts as she went round in 66.

“I think my putting went really well, that’s why I was able to play so consistently,” said the two-time Major winner.

“I am not 100 percent satisfied with the way I played the back nine today but I will focus more on that going into the third and fourth rounds.”

Park’s best performance at the Evian came in 2016 when she tied for second.

Shanshan Feng of China also went round in 66 to put her 7-under, three strokes behind the clubhouse leader.

Creamer, an American who went into the second round with a one-stroke lead after a sizzling opening round of 64, was two under for the day when play was halted.