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Pace joins Korda atop leaderboard in China



Hainan Island, China (SportsNetwork.com) - After rain delayed the resumption of the second round by about three hours on Saturday, Lee-Anne Pace fired a 6- under 66 and joined Jessica Korda atop the leaderboard at 11-under-par 133 heading into the final day at the inaugural Blue Bay LPGA.

The second round was suspended due to inclement weather on Friday, with the first groups out only making it through six holes. The tournament has been reduced to a 54-hole event, which will conclude on Sunday.

Korda, the first-round leader, carded a 5-under 67 as she seeks her fourth victory on the LPGA Tour. Pace is looking for her first win on tour.

Chella Choi shot a 66 as well on Saturday and is alone in third place at 10-under 134. U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, 2012 LPGA Championship winner Shanshan Feng and Brittany Lang all shot 68s and are tied for fourth at 9-under 135.

Pace, beginning her day one shot behind Korda, started her way up the leaderboard early. After two pars on one and two, Pace drained her first birdie on No. 3. She gave that shot right back with a bogey on four, but another gain on five had Pace back in red numbers at minus-1.

The 33-year-old South African poured in back-to-back birdies on eight and nine to make the turn at 3-under. Pace was also solid on the back nine. After making a pair of pars on 10 and 11, Pace drained three birdies in a four-hole stretch from No. 12, putting her in the lead at minus-11. She finished things off with a trio of pars to end there.

"I played pretty decent," said Pace. "I made quite a few putts already (before No. 12), and then the putter just started rolling nicely towards the end."

Korda did not get off to an ideal start with a double-bogey on No. 1, dropping her out of the lead. From there it was smooth sailing for Korda as she got into red numbers on the day with birdies on three, five and eight.

"I got a little frazzled there as I was walking to the first tee box and then obviously didn't hit a good shot," said Korda about her start. "I tried to forget about it, tried to bring back, you know, it's okay and just think about what's ahead and not what just happened."

After making the turn, Korda made her fourth gain on No. 11. Following a pair of pars, Korda grabbed a share of the lead once again with three straight birdies from No. 14.

Korda struggled at the last when her drive found a fairway bunker and her subsequent shot hit the lip of the trap and barely found its way out. She was able to scramble and make a big par on the par-5 to finish tied with Pace.

"The putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes, to bring it in for tomorrow," added Korda. "So hopefully I can just feed off of that."

Choi was bogey-free on her round as she made birdies on three and nine on her front nine. Choi did not slow down on the back nine as she made back-to-back birdies from 13 and again from 17.

NOTES: Pace's best finish this season was a tie for fourth at the Marathon Classic, while Korda has already won twice at the Pure Silk - Bahamas LPGA Classic and the Airbus LPGA Classic ... Choi has never won on tour ... Wie is playing in just her second event since withdrawing from her previous two due to a hand injury.

10/25 08:28:52 ET

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