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Ariya Jutanugarn leads last event of regular LPGA Tour season.

Su Oh is well enough placed at the halfway mark (Photo: Henry Peters )
No real surprise that the world number one in female golf is leading the Blue Bay LPGA Classic on Hainan Island off the southern coast of China especially given the field she is facing this week is considerably weaker than those she has faced in recent weeks.

But Ariya Jutanugarn not only has the lead at the halfway mark of the penultimate event of the 2018 LPGA Tour season, she leads by four and while perhaps a little early to declare her as the winner those chasing are going to find it very difficult to get past the 22 year old Thai.

Jutanuran leads by four over Mexican Gaby Lopez, American Jennifer Song and the leader’s sister Moriya.

Jutanugarn struggled early in her second round today when recording bogeys at her 5th and 6th holes but seven birdies between that point and the finish of her round had her signing for a round of 68 and the substantial lead.

The Jutanugarn’s sisters played together today and afterwards Ariya revealed some interesting back story on the relationship between the pair.

“You know, she really professional; she like to live everything like in order, so her room so clean.

I throw everything. She yells at me every day, like every day. But I'm not do anything better.

“I did all the time, because in our house my room is just like messy, like so bad, and her room just like she did her bed every day after she woke up, so I just go there and throw everything because I don't like to see when it looks too good.

“I haven't played with her for so long, like together same group. We have so much fun. At the same time we didn't talk much when he play, because especially when three player in the group. I just feel like if we talk maybe other player going to feel bad or something, so we didn't talk much at all."

Su Oh is the best of the Australians and is in 13th place although nine shots behind the leader.

Sarah Jane Smith is 34th and while both she and Oh are assured of a place in the field for the season ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples in Florida next week another good week to finish the Asian swing is well worth playing for.

Hannah Green is 52nd after rounds of 74 and 77.

 

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