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Kia Classic: Jiyai Shin is new leader

March 25, 2011 |  2:28 pm

Lih2gznc After seven holes of five-under par golf Friday, South Korea's Jiyai Shin has moved into sole possession of first place at the LPGA's Kia Classic golf tournament.

Shin, who started the day tied for fourth, birdied the second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh holes and is eight-under for the tournament. She is a stroke ahead of first-round leader Amanda Blumenherst, who isn't scheduled to tee off until 3:50 p.m.

Michelle Wie, who began the day in third place, two shots out of the lead, is now tied for fifth and is one-over par through nine holes of her second round.

Also making a strong move Friday is another South Korean, Chella Choi, who began the day tied for 17th and is now alone in fourth place and working on a round of four-under through 13 holes.


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Photo: Jiyai Shin of South Korea poses for a portrait on March 22, 2011 at the Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry, CA. Credit: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images