South Africa’s Paula Reto birdied her final hole Friday for a six-under-par 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine — the back nine on Capitol Hill’s Senator layout in Prattville, Ala. The 24-year-old former Purdue player finished with eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 131.
South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur, tied for the first-round lead with top-ranked Stacy Lewis at 64, was second after a 70. Hur had four birdies and two bogeys.
Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, was third at 9 under after a 71. She had five birdies and four bogeys.
Sydnee Michaels, Alison Walshe and Moriya Jutanugarn were 7 under. Michaels shot 65, Walshe 68, and Jutanugarn 69. Former University of Alabama star Stephanie Meadow was 2 under after a 74.
Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 78.
Play suspended in Web.com Tour Championship
Zac Blair topped the Web.com Tour Championship leaderboard at 13 under when second-round play was suspended because of darkness.
Blair was five under with three holes left in the round that was delayed because of rain. On Thursday, the 24-year-old former BYU player shot a 63 to match the record on TPC Sawgrass’ Dye’s Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
After missing the cuts in the first three events in the Web.com Tour Finals, Blair needs to earn about $40,000 in the season finale to earn a PGA Tour card.
The four-event series is limited to the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.
The top 25 on the Web.com money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.
Derek Fathauer was second at nine under after a 66.
Tommy Gainey broke the course record with a 62 to move into a tie for ninth at five under.
Lowry leads at Wales Open
Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead in the Wales Open at Newport, and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his final tournament before his first Ryder Cup.
Lowry had a nine-under 133 total on Celtic Manor’s Twenty-Ten Course.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Dutchman Joost Luiten were tied for second. Colsaerts had a 68, eagling the 18th hole for the second day in a row, and Luiten shot 69.
Gallacher followed his opening 78 with a 70.
European Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn also are in the field. Donaldson was tied for 10th at fvie under after a 67, Bjorn was tied for 22nd at two under after a 69, and Westwood was tied for 55th at even par after a 69.