Updated: Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:49 | By Agence France-Presse

Lincicome opens three-shot LPGA Championship lead

Brittany Lincicome fired a four-under-par 68 to take a three-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the LPGA Championship, the fourth major of the LPGA season.


Lincicome opens three-shot LPGA Championship lead

Brittany Lincicome of the US watches her tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, on August 15, 2014 - by Scott Halleran

The American, whose resume includes a major title at the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship, on Friday had a 36-hole total of nine-under-par 135.

She was in good shape to make a weekend run at a fifth tour title, and her first since the 2011 Canadian Women's Open.

American Lexi Thompson, the reigning Kraft Nabisco champion who shared the first-round lead with South Korea's Meena Lee, carded an even-par 72 and shared second place on 138 with defending champion and former world number one Park In-Bee.

South Korea's Park climbed up the leaderboard with a six-under 66.

New Zealand teen Lydia Ko, who could seize the world number one ranking from Stacy Lewis with a first major win this week, carded a 69 to head a group tied on 139.

She was joined by overnight co-leader Lee, who signed for a 73, and American Jane Park, who posted a 69 at Monroe Golf Club.

Half a dozen players were tied on 140. They included 2007 champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who shot 69, and 2012 winner Feng Shanshan of China, who signed for a 72.

They were joined by South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim (71), Paraguay's Julieta Granada (65), Spain's Beatriz Recari (70) and American Jennifer Johnson (70).

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