|-15 L Maguire (Ireland); -12 SH Oh (Aus); -11 S Duncan (United States); -ten A Nordqvist (Sweden), B Altomare (United States), N Korda (United States), M Harigae (United States), L Salas (United States)|
|Others selected: -9 C Hull (Eng); -7 G Hall (English); -4 L KB (NZ)|
Ireland’s Leona Maguire leads the Meijer LPGA Classic by three shots at the halfway point after a brilliant eight-under-64 in Michigan.
Maguire, 26, earned an eagle and eight birdies to go 15 under in the low-scoring event as she aims to become the first winner of the Irish LPGA Tour.
Australia’s Su-Hyon Oh is second on 12 under after a 65.
“Everyone is at the bottom. You know you have to do it, ”said Maguire, who is in his rookie season on the tour.
“There’s not really time to look around or even look back. It’s kind of ‘keep your footing and keep going.’
Englishman Charley Hull, who shared the lead in the first round with Maguire, is nine under, while her compatriot Georgia Hall is two strokes down and Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland missed the cut.
Entering his second round on the 10th, Maguire kept up the intensity of an impressive opening day with three birdies in his first four holes.
The only dive saw her do back-to-back bogeys in the first and second, but a solid finish, with a superb eagle in the eighth as well as birdies in the fourth, sixth and ninth gave her the direct advantage.
“You can’t really protect a lead,” said Maguire, who finished ninth in the PGA Mediheal Championship last week.
“You can’t just try to do pars and tricks. You kind of have to try everything. You have to hit a lot of fairways here. It’s tough when you’re in the rough. I knew all about that on one. And two .”