The two-time LPGA Tour winner capitalized on her fifth and final birdie of the day on the par-4, 404-yard ninth hole at Panther Creek Country Club, where she sank a 15-foot birdie putt, to remain in sole possession of the lead and avoid a four-way tie for second place with Sherri Turner (66-66=132, -12), Ji Young Oh (66-66=132), Yani Tseng (66-66=132) and Michelle Wie (67-65=132).
Turner, Tseng and Oh have all recorded back-to-back rounds of 66 to find themselves in a four-way tie for second place with Wie. A win for 25-year Tour veteran Turner would mark the fourth of her LPGA career, and her first since last winning the 1989 Orix Hawaiian Ladies Open. Oh is competing on the LPGA Tour for just her second year, and is in the best position of her career since the 2008 MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel where she was the 36-hole leader and held a two-stroke advantage over Tseng. Rounding out the group with matching first- and second-round scores is Tseng, who leads the 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race and recently won the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, which is one of the four major championships on the LPGA Tour.