Jang extends lead at Marathon Classic

Overnight leader Ha Na Jang continued to excel at the Marathon Classic as she carded a second-round 67 to extend her lead by two strokes.

Jang’s South Korean compatriot Q Baek sits alone in second following her round of 67, while world number one Inbee Park and defending champion Lydia Ko are both in a tie for 10th despite not being able to finish their respective rounds due to bad weather.

Even though the start of play was delayed by two-and-a-half hours due to heavy rain and lightning, Jang still had a bogey-free round, recording birdies at the sixth, 10th and 11th hole.

Baek, meanwhile, started on a low as she made bogey at the 11th before bouncing back with birdies at the 13th and 18th.

Her fortunes continued to improve on her back nine, where she was successful with a hat-trick of birdies – from the first to the third hole – to remain two shots behind Jang.

Sitting three strokes behind Jang are the trio of Shanshan Feng, Dewi Claire Schreefel and Sarah Kemp, who registered rounds of 67, 68 and 69 respectively.

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, who recorded a second-round 66, is currently in a tie for sixth with Caroline Masson, Angelo Stanford and Gerina Piller even though the latter three have yet to finish their rounds.

World number 13 Lexi Thompson also brought herself back into contention with a round of 67 as she made five birdies, three bogeys and an eagle at the par-four 12th despite struggling with a wrist injury, which she suffered while doing a photo shoot for Golf Digest.

Park and Ko meanwhile only played 14 holes each, with the former making three birdies and the latter registering four.