Course record for Pressel

Morgan Pressel joined Mirim Lee at the top of the leaderboard at the Kia Classic after she matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Friday.

Pressel had eight birdies in a bogey-free second round at Aviara to match Lee at 10-under-par.

“It was kind of stress-free golf out there today,” said Pressel.

“I had a lot of opportunities, and still, even with eight birdies, opportunities that I left out there, I missed or lipped out. But I just played really, really solidly.”

Meanwhile world number one Lydia Ko was tied for ninth at 7-under after her round of 70 which marked her 26th straight LPGA Tour round under par.

She needs to achieve this feat on three more occasions to match three Annika Sorenstam’s record set in 2004.

“I didn’t know that the record was 29 until I saw it on Twitter,” Ko said.

“But to have a record that’s already set by a legendary player like Annika, it’s pretty awesome that I’m like only three rounds away. But like I said, I’m going to try and take one round at a time. This is a tough course.”

Lee, who was the first-round leader after shooting a 65, had six birdies and three bogeys in a second round 69.

Alison Lee and Cristie Kerr were 9-under for the tournament with Hyo Joo Kim, who birdied her final hole for a 68, on 8-under along with to Brittany Lang (68), Maria Hernandez (66) and Yokomine Sakura (67).