Jin Young Ko leads Cambia Portland Classic
After shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Friday, Sept. 17, to move to the lead at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic, Korean star Jin Young Ko pointed to her new putter and a month at home to work on putting as reasons for her solid play through two rounds at the Oregon Golf Club.
"I'm doing great right now, so I want to keep this putter for whole life," quipped the No. 2-ranked Ko.
The greens played fast during the first two rounds, but rain in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday likely will make for slower putts.
Ko is alone atop the leaderboard at 8-under par.
First-round co-leader Gemma Dryburgh is one shot back after shooting a 2-under 69 on Friday. Another first-day leader, Carlota Ciganda, shot 71 on Friday and is alone in third at 5-under.
Dryburgh, who played the back nine first on Friday, birdied the 16th, 17th and 18th holes and said she is taking confidence into the weekend.
Ciganda, the only member of Europe's winning Solheim Cup team in the tournament, had two bogeys and two birdies on the back nine and said she's is pleased to be in contention after a challenging Friday.
"It was a tough day. Took three hours to play the front nine, so it's a tough course. It's a new course. It was really windy today. The front nine is playing quite tricky with the side winds," Ciganda said. "Pretty happy on the front nine with 1-under, and then I think I got a little tired mentally."
The top three golfers are the final Saturday group and start at 9:27 a.m. from the first tee.
Seven golfers, including Americans Alana Uriell and Andrea Lee, are tied at 4-under.
The top 70 plus ties advance to play the weekend. Amateur Ellie Slama shot 3-under 69 on Friday to make the cut at 3 over par 147, tied for 41st place.
The tournament was moved from its traditional home at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, a decision made in June because of a houseless camp bordering the Northeast Portland course. The Oregon Golf Club is a much more hilly course.
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