An Na-rin of South Korea shot a par-6-under par-65 to take a two-shot lead when darkness halted the second round of the LPGA Women’s Canadian Open on Friday under the rain.
The 26-year-old rookie, whose season-best finish was third at Carlsbad in March, overcame a stormy delay and bogey-free through the first 36 holes at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club to hold his own. at 13-under 129.
“I don’t have any winning experience in the United States,” An said. “But I have some experience in Korea, so it’s not an unfamiliar feeling.
“It’s been a while since I played as a leader, so I think it will be fun and hopefully have another good round.”
South Korean Choi Hye-jin, who hit two eagles shooting a 63, and South African Paula Reto, the 18-hole point guard who shot a 69, shared second place on 131 with American Nelly Korda, who hit three of the last four holes to shoot. 64.
American Lizette Salas was fifth out of 132 with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and Americans Sarah Schmelzel and Danielle Kang out 133.
Play was halted with 36 players yet to complete their second round. They will resume the course on Saturday morning.
Leading those who have yet to complete 36 holes is American Linday Duncan, at 9 under with four holes remaining. Americans Emma Talley, Mo Martin and Elizabeth Szokol were at 7 cents.
An birdied the second and fourth holes, then took advantage of the par-5 holes for birdies at the sixth, ninth and 10th and added another at the par-3 15th.
“I knew I had to hit the fairways well,” An said. “The birdie chances came from a lot of good iron shots and my putt was able to back up those iron shots and get good results as well.
“I thought the rain would continue to fall and I’m glad it didn’t, but I definitely had to concentrate more in case it rains again.”
Choi struck for the Eagles at the par-3 sixth and ninth with birdies at the par-3 eighth, par-3 10th and 16th and par-3 17th to move up the standings.
“A lot of mid and long distance putts went down and that helped lower my score,” Choi said. “Both eagles came in from par 5 with the tee boxes moved up. The tee shot hit well and the putt was great so all parts of the game worked there.”
Reto opened with a birdie, added two more on the par-3 fifth and par-5 sixth, but took a bogey on the ninth before parrying the entire back nine.
Reto, who shot a course-record 62 on Thursday, won his first professional title in February at a Sunshine Tour event in his native country.
“My speed on the greens was a little low,” Reto said. “I was mashing putts so my lines and speed didn’t match, so I just didn’t make putts.”