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Kia Classic: Jiyai Shin goes low

March 25, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Shiin2_600 Jiyai Shin shot a nine-under-par 64 on Friday in the second round of the Kia Classic to grab a six-shot lead in the rain-delayed LPGA event.

The South Korean is 12 under par after her 64 on Friday, giving her a two-day total of 134.

Tied for second are Chella Choi, a fellow South Korean, who shot a 68 Friday, and first-round leader Amanda Blumenherst, who is one over through six holes at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms. Friday's start was delayed by three hours because of rain and Shin will be one of the lucky golfers who can sleep in on Saturday.

Michelle Wie started the day in third place, only two shots out of first, but struggled to a two-over 75 on Friday. She is tied for eighth, eight shots behind Shin.

Shin had nine birdies and no bogeys, and she managed to keep her white pants unmuddied.

Blumenherst, a Duke graduate in her second year on the LPGA Tour, didn't tee off until after 4:30 and, possibly because of the long wait, bogeyed her first hole.

Wie, who has two career LPGA wins but none in the United States, said, "I just kind of mis-hit a couple of shots and missed a couple of putts today and I guess that's the difference it makes."


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Photo: Jiyai Shin tees off during the LPGA Thailand golf tournament in Pattaya. Credit: Sakchai Lalit/ Associated Press