By STEPHEN HAWKINS
2014-05-03 10:01 AM
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Meena Lee finished a roller-coaster second round on Friday with a share of the lead at the North Texas Shootout, putting herself in contention for a first LPGA Tour title in eight years.
Lee wound up with a 7-under 64 after an inconsistent start to the round. She began with an eagle-3 on the 510-yard 10th hole, followed with a bogey, consecutive birdies, another bogey, three birdies in a row and then a bogey on the par-5 18th.
The Korean's scorecard for the front nine was much cleaner, with birdies on Nos. 3-5 and only pars aside from that. She started the tournament Thursday with a double bogey on the very first hole.
"I'm happy to be done with the second round. I'm really happy," said Lee, who has her best 36-hole score this season at 8-under 134.
That gave a share of the lead with Caroline Masson, who had a 67. The German led this event after two rounds last year but faded to finish 15th.
They were a stroke ahead of American pair Natalie Gulbis and Stacy Lewis.
With a 65 on Friday, Gulbis had her first sub-70 round this year as she struggles with nagging pain in her left wrist.
"I haven't played a lot this year, and I haven't played very well in the events I've played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies," Gulbis said. "It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn't seen yet this year."
Lewis, the No. 3 player in the world, had a bogey-free 64 to match Lee for the best second-round score at Las Colinas Country Club. Lewis had four consecutive birdies before finishing with seven straight pars, and Lee played her first nine holes -- the back nine -- without a par.
"I didn't really do anything really crazy different from yesterday other than I putted a lot better, but just played really solid," said Lewis, who had her sixth runner-up finish last week in San Francisco since winning the Women's British Open in August.
Christiana Kim (69) was alone in fifth at 6 under, one stroke better than first-round leader Suzann Pettersen (71), Julieta Granada (66), Dewi Claire Schreefel (66), Cristie Kerr (70) and Dori Carter (70).
Top-ranked Inbee Park, the defending champ in North Texas, was 3 under after a 68.