BEIJING — Mi Jung Hur eagled two of the last three holes Friday for a 10-under 63 and a share of the second-round lead with Brooke Henderson in the Reignwood LPGA Classic.
“I am definitely happy with my round today because 10-under par is my record for my life,” Hur said.
The 26-year-old South Korean player chipped in from 45 feet for eagle on the par-5 16th, lipped out a birdie try on the par-3 17th, and hit a 3-wood to set up a tap-in eagle on the par-5 18th.
“Last hole, I had a 230 yards to the flag and I just hit a 3-wood,” Hur said. “Actually, I aim a little more left of it, but just turned on the line and got a luck and made eagle. …. Even 17, hit a good putt and just lip out. Was very frustrating because I was look forward to set my record.”
The two-time LPGA Tour winner broke the tournament record of 64 at Reignwood Pine Valley in the event being played for the third time in four years.
Henderson shot her second straight 66 , saving par on 18 with a 6-footer to match Hur at 14-under 132 in the Asian Swing opener. The 19-year-old Canadian star, planning to play all six weeks in Asia , birdied five of the first six holes after birdieing three of the final four Thursday. She made her lone bogey in two days on the par-3 seventh, and added birdies on 12, 15 and 16.
“My first time to China, and it’s really cool,” Henderson said. “The language, the culture is all very different from back home in Canada. We’ve been enjoying it and looking forward to the next five weeks in Asia.”
Ranked fourth in the world, Henderson has two victories this year, winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June for her first major and successfully defending her Portland, Oregon, title in July.
China’s Shanshan Feng was a stroke back after a 65 . The bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, she won the inaugural Reignwood LPGA in 2013 for the second of her four tour titles. In 2012, she won the LPGA Championship to become China’s first major champion.
“Normally when I’m overseas I actually don’t get too many spectators, fans coming to watch me, cheering me, so it’s special. I really like it,” Feng said “Every time I get the shot I make them so excited. It pushes me to like maybe try to make birdies on every hole because I want to see them happy, to be excited.”
In-Kyung Kim was 12 under after a 64, followed by fellow South Korean players Mirim Lee (67) at 10 under and Amy Yang (67) at 9 under. Canada’s Maude-Aimee Leblanc (66) was 8 under.
“If I can play like today, I feel like I have a lot of opportunities out there,” Kim said.
Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 10th at 6 under. The 20-year-old Thai player, in position to take the player of the year lead from Lydia Ko with a ninth-place finish or better, played the five par 5s in 3 over with a double bogey on No. 9 and a bogey on 12.
Jutanugarn leads the tour with five victories. Winless entering the season, she won three straight events in May, took the major Women’s British Open in July and the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.
Fifteen-year-old amateur Yifan Ji (68) and fellow Chinese player Simin Feng (70) also were 6 under.
After stops in Taiwan and South Korea, the tour will return to China for the Blue Bay LPGA at Hainan Island, then visit Malaysia and Japan.