Jang leads by two as second round halted by storm

Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:09pm EDT
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(Reuters) - First-round leader Jang Ha-na fired a bogey-free four-under 67 to extend her lead at the Marathon Classic to two strokes when play was halted late in Friday's second round due to a threat of lightning.

Second-round play was suspended with 54 players still on the golf course.

LPGA Tour rookie Jang, still bothered by a back injury that has her finishing her golf swing with one arm, was ready to roll after a delay of more than two hours to the start of the round.

The 23-year-old South Korean, who led by one overnight, posted birdies on her first two holes and two more on her second nine, crowned by a 10-foot birdie at the ninth, her last hole of the day.

"I'm very happy today," Jang said. "You see my one-hand swing? Think it's better than my two-hand swing," joked Jang, who unlike Thursday was able to practise for 30 minutes to get loosened up before round two.

Fellow Korean Q Baek also shot 67 to reach the clubhouse at seven-under-par 135, two strokes behind Jang.

Another shot back were China's Shanshan Feng (67), Australian Sarah Kemp (69) and Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands (68).

Feng said conditions were more difficult on Friday.

"Fairways were really soft. Balls weren't releasing so shots into greens were longer than yesterday," Feng said. "It was a little bit tougher than yesterday."   Continued...

Jul 9, 2015; Lancaster, PA, USA; Ha Na Jang on the ninth green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports