Matthew keeps her nose in front

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew shot a 5-under-par 67 to maintain a one-stroke advantage at the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Alabama.

Having opened with a round of 64, Matthew kept up the pace to take her total to 13 under par – one shot ahead of England’s Charley Hull who also shot a 67 on Friday.

Starting more with sedately with two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, Matthew saved her best for last, adding four more birdies after the turn to ensure she heads into the weekend ahead of the pack.

“I played actually probably pretty well today,” said Matthew. “I hit 17 greens, so I gave myself a lot of chances. I didn’t hole many on the front nine, but then the putter got going a little bit on the back nine.

“Obviously, there’s still 36 holes to go. If it’s anything like the first two days, we’re going to have to keep making birdies.”

Starting on the back nine, Hull picked up five early birdies, though she finished with a bogey at the ninth to fall out of a share of the lead.

“Hitting it pretty straight,” Hull said. “Hit my irons good and holing some good putts. Missing a few putts, but you’re always going to miss a few putts when you’re playing well. But I’m just excited about this golf course. I quite like it.”

Trailing Hull by two shots in a tie for third are Hee Young Park, Anna Nordqvist and Jessica Korda.