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Ruoning Yin opens 2-shot lead in LPGA Tour’s LA Open

Ruoning Yin, Hyo Joo Kim share lead at LPGA's DIO Implant LA Open

PALOS VERDES ESTATES (Calif.) Ruoning Yin shot a 4-under 67 Saturday to take a two stroke lead in the LPGA Tour’s DIO Implant LA Open.

The 20-year-old Chinese golfer had four birdies during a four-hole stretch at Palos verdes Golf Club. He finished the round with two pars and a total score of 14 under 199.

“After 8 where I made a bogey, I just told myself. I also told my caddie. I said, “We just have to trust the line and putt it. Yin replied, “We’ll make some putts.”

In her bid to win her first LPGA Tour title, she opened with rounds of 64 and 68.

“That means a great deal, and not only for me, but also for China Golf,” Yin said of winning. “I think, yeah. It’s going to be an important day.”

South Korea’s Hyo Jon Kim tied with Yin in the second round lead. He was second after a 69.

Kim stated, “Hopefully, the shots tomorrow’s will be better than today.”

Georgia Hall finished third at 10-under after a tournament record and career best 62. After a disappointing playoff loss to Celine Botier in Arizona, the English golfer is now third at 10 under.

Hall stated, “I’ve been playing well pretty much throughout the year.” “It gave me a lot confidence last week, even though I lost in the playoff, but I hit some really great shots. I am just really happy with how I’m playing and trying to keep it up.

Hall played the front nine in 7:under 29 with three birdies and two eagles. Hall also added two birdies to the back nine.

Hall stated that he was trying to be patient and knew that he could take advantage of the front nine. “I was very happy to have gotten a couple of eagles in there.

Nasa Hataoka, a Japanese player who won last season at Wilshire Country club, had a score of 66 to join Danielle Kang 65, Atthaya Thtikul 66, and Perrine Dellacour 67 at 9 under. Megan Khang (71) and Maude Aimee Leblanc (71) were both 8 under.