Kim maintains narrow advantage

Christina Kim carded a three-under-par 69 to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Friday.

The 30-year-old American’s previous victory came at the Tournament of Champions almost a decade ago and had a one-shot lead after Thursday’s first round as well.

After two rounds and 36-holes, she reached a score of 10-under after, one shot in front of Paula Creamer at the Club de Mexico course, who’s round of 65 was the lowest on the day.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in this position,” Kim admitted after her round.

“Yesterday I was lucky enough to have two eagles so that immediately made the score a lot better. And I had no bogeys yesterday.

“Today I had two bogeys. It’s just difficult when you’re in the lead and there’s such a fantastic field and everyone’s coming after you.”

After a round of 66, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen is in a tie for third place alongside 17-year-old LPGA Rookie of the Year Lydia Ko (69), Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (68) and Azahara Munoz (71).

World number one Inbee Park finds herself in 10th place, six shots off the pace following her second round 70, while number Stacy Lewis (70) in a tie for 27th at two-over 146.

A trademark of Creamer’s round was her putting, which allowed her to card three birdies on the opening four holes.

“I just have a lot of confidence,” Creamer said of expertise on the greens.

“It is my routine and what I do when I’m over the ball. It is the same every time. It’s more about speed instead of thinking about my stroke.

“I know that it’s solid and we’ve been working really hard on that.”