Saso leads Ko by 2 after another 64

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Yuka Saso shot her second consecutive 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over surging Lydia Ko after two rounds of the Lotte Championship.

Saso, who's playing on a sponsor's exemption, made seven birdies in her first 10 holes to catch Ko, who shot 63 earlier Thursday at Kapolei Golf Club. The 19-year-old from the Philippines then birdied the 16th and 17th holes to reach 16 under.

Not bad a player in her sixth LPGA Tour event who's uncomfortable with the Hawaii wind.


Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Nelly Korda $607,657
2 Patty Tavatanakit $561,696
3 Lydia Ko $491,944
4 Lexi Thompson $380,385
5 Inbee Park $349,025
6 Danielle Kang $294,580
7 Jin Young Ko $275,042
8 Austin Ernst $260,026
9 Jessica Korda $242,699
10 Sei Young Kim $190,522
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