Candie Kung takes the lead at Canada Pa­cific Women’s Open

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Candie Kung birdied four of her fi­nal six holes Fri­day to match the course record with an 8-un­der 64 and take the sec­ond-round lead in the Cana­dian Pa­cific Women’s Open.

The 34- year- old Tai­wanese player had an 11-un­der 133 to­tal at Van­cou­ver Golf Club. Play­ing the back nine first, she birdied the first two holes and ea­gled the par-5 13th. She added birdies on Nos. 4 and 6-8 to tie the course record set by Nancy Scran­ton in her 1991 du Mau­rier Clas­sic vic­tory matched by Chella Choi in 2012.

“I just went out there, played one shot at a time, and I knew that I was putting pretty good,” Kung said. “I missed a few out there from about 10 feet. I was hit­ting them pretty close all day. And then made some key putts com­ing in.”

She has four LPGA Tour vic­to­ries, win­ning three times in 2003 and once in 2008.

“I’ve been work­ing pretty hard lately,” Kung said. “I guess it was a slump that I had back 2010, 2011, I just got caught up in life a lit­tle bit. Now I feel like I can get back into it again, play some golf, have some fun.”

Two-time cham­pion Ly­dia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher of France were tied for sec­ond.

“I have not looked at the leader­board,” Kung said. “I re­ally don’t care who is be­hind me. ... I’m hit­ting it good, I’m putting it good, and let’s see what hap­pens.”

The 18-year-old Ko birdied the fi­nal hole for a 68.

“I got maybe in trou­ble a cou­ple of times but was able to re­cover well,” Ko said. “I didn’t re­ally have that many re­ally tough po­si­tions. It’s good to fin­ish well.”

Ko won in 2012 at Van­cou­ver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to be­come the LPGA Tour’s youngest win­ner and fifth am­a­teur cham­pion. The New Zealan­der suc­cess­fully de­fended her ti­tle in 2013 as an am­a­teur in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta. She has two vic­to­ries this year.

Icher fol­lowed her open­ing 65 with a 70.

“It’s tough greens,” Icher said. “They are su­per hilly. You have to choose the right club. With the wind it was more dif­fi­cult to­day to find the right club. It’s still a good day.”

China’s Xi Yu Lin was fourth at 8 un­der af­ter a 66. She aced No. 7, us­ing a 6-iron on the 151-yard hole.

“It’s my first hole-in-one in a tour­na­ment,” Lin said. “I had one in prac­tice round be­fore, but it was only me, like no­body re­ally see it. So, this time, lots of peo­ple saw it.”

Top-ranked In­bee Park, the Women’s Bri­tish Open win­ner in her last start, was tied for eighth at 4 un­der af­ter a 69. She has a tourhigh four vic­to­ries this sea­son.

Cana­dian teen Brooke Hen­der­son, com­ing off a vic­tory Sun­day in the Port­land Clas­sic, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 58th at 1 over.

“If I just go and fo­cus on my ball­strik­ing and a lit­tle bit of pace putting to­mor­row, I think good things will hap­pen,” said the 17-year-old Hen­der­son, the first Cana­dian to win on the tour since Lorie Kane in 2001. “It wasn’t a great day out there, but I ground it out pretty well.”

Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 75. Strug­gling with a left an­kle in­jury, she was play­ing her first tour­na­ment since with­draw­ing dur­ing the sec­ond round of the Women’s Bri­tish Open af­ter slip­ping walk­ing off a tee box.

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