Peiyun Chien cards 64 to vault into Kroger Queen City lead

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Peiyun Chien of Taiwan fired an 8-under-par 64 on Friday to grab a four-shot lead at the midway point of the Kroger Queen City Championship in Cincinnati.

Chien made six birdies and holed out for an eagle 2 at the par-4 sixth hole at Kenwood Country Club. She is now 14-under 130 and comfortably ahead of Morgane metraux from Switzerland, Ruoning Lin and Ruixin Li in a tie at 10 under. Chien, ranked No. 184 in world rankings, won the Taiwan LPGA Tour and the Epson Tour. She is still searching for her first LPGA Title. “I thought it might go in, because I had a lot shots that almost went in the last couple of weeks. But I’m still awaiting an eagle.” It just happened so I’m happy. “

Metraux had parred her eight first holes before making a breakthrough with a birdie on the par-4 ninth. She added five more birdies to her score on the back nine, while remaining bogey free for a total of 66.

. “Both days I began a bit cold,” said Metraux. Metraux said, “I didn’t make any putts in the first round. I just played steady and kept hitting my spots, both on the fairways, and on the greens. A few fell on the back, so it was fun. “

Yin shot 66 to move into a good position. She made three birdies per nine. “I will try to make as many birdies as possible. Stick to my strategy and play the game. I think it will be okay. I think it will be fine. Nasa Hataoka of Japan recovered from an opening 73 by shooting the round of the day, a 9-under 63, to reach a tie for seventh at 8 under.

Defending champion Ally Ewing posted a second-round 70 and is tied for 19th at 5 under.

The second round saw two holes-in-one. Olivia Cowan of Germany aced the eighth hole at 154 yards with a 7 iron en route to her 67 and a 4 under score for the tournament. Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England had a hole-in-one with her 8-iron from 161 yards out at the third hole; she carded a 71 and finished the day at 2 over, where she will miss the cut.

Other notable players who couldn’t reach the cut line of 1 under par included South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai (even), U.S. Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz (even) and last week’s winner in Portland, Ore., Chanettee Wannasaen of Thailand (1 over).

–Field Level Media