POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 06, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 01:57 a.m. HST, Apr 06, 2013
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. » Inbee Park took the second-round lead Friday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, making three birdies in a row early on the back nine and rebounding from a wind-blown bogey with four straight pars.
Finishing in gusty conditions on another hot afternoon at Mission Hills, the 24-year-old South Korean player shot a 5-under 67 to reach 7 under.
"Obviously, putted really good out there, especially on the back nine," Park said. "The wind picked up, so it was tough out there on the back nine. Last four holes, I made all pars. I'm really happy with that."
American Lizette Salas was a stroke back after a 68, and Sweden's Carolina Hedwall (68) and Italy's Giulia Sergas (69) followed at 5 under.
Park is seeking her second major title after winning the 2008 U.S. Women's Open Championship. She won the LPGA Thailand in February for her fourth LPGA Tour victory when 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn closed with a triple bogey to blow a two-stroke lead.
"I just like to stay a little quiet and just do my own thing," Park said. "If I win a little more, I think I'll get a little bit more attention."
Hawaii's Michelle Wie shot a 70 to reach 2 under. She had six birdies, but three-putted the 18th for the last of her four bogeys.
"I made a lot of great birdies," Wie said. "The whole round was pretty interesting in general. I hit some interesting shots around the trees."
Playing partner Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old New Zealand amateur who won the Canadian Women's Open last August to become the youngest LPGA Tour champion, was 2 over after a 74.
"She is amazing," Wie said. "I think she's pretty good and, like I said yesterday, she is also a really good girl."