Park leads as rain wreaks havoc

Hee Young Park carded a three-under-par 68 to claim the lead at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship, but the weather dominated proceedings in Virginia.

The South Korean, who started the day one shot behind first-round leaders Austin Ernst and Alejandro Munoz, fired four birdies and one bogey for a total of eight under, which gave her a one-stroke lead over Americans Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang.

“Today more soft fairway, everything, so it helped a lot. So more comfortable today. A lot of ice, good food, good sleep,” Park said.

She added: “This golf course, the hardest thing is the greens are pretty firm. But today after rain, they’re holding pretty well, so a lot of players can play more aggressive.”

World number two Lewis surged up the leaderboard with a flawless six-under-par 65 to give her hopes of replacing Inbee Park at the top of the rankings a major boost.

“Definitely have a better feeling coming off the course today,” she said. “Just stayed really patient and made a few putts, and added up to a pretty good score.”

She added: “I think less wind helped there. I just stayed really patient and made a few putts and added up to a pretty good score.”

Lang produced a three-under 68 and Azahara Munoz, Lexi Thompson and Lizette Salas are also at seven under, but the trio still have to complete their rounds as play was suspended due to darkness.

Play started more than three hours late on Friday following heavy rains the previous evening.