OTTAWA, Ont. — Hye-Jin Choi shot a 5-under 66 to join fellow South Korean rookie Narin An at the top of the standings Saturday at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Choi tied second-round point guard An at 16-under 197 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. In July in Michigan, An and Choi teamed up to finish sixth in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
“Obviously we both focus on our individual game when we played together today, but hopefully we both play well tomorrow and score well,” Choi said.
An had a 68.
“In general, I didn’t like my game as much today as I did yesterday and two days ago,” An said. “But I think not making big mistakes is a positive thing to take away.”
First-round leader Paula Reto of South Africa was a stroke back after a 67.
Nelly Korda (68) and Sarah Schmelzel (66), third, were 14 under. Korda is coming off her first win of the year in the Aramco Series on the Ladies European Tour, where she rallied after seven shots against her sister Jessica.
“We always say it’s like our sixth major,” Korda said. “The crowds are amazing. I feel like so many proud Canadians are coming out to support us. It’s a great event. It would be nice to be on that champion’s roster.”
Maddie Szeryk was the top Canadian, shooting a 69 to move to 9 under.
Canadian star Brooke Henderson, the 2018 winner at Wascana in Regina, Sask., was tied for 60th at 3 under after a 73.