Lexi, Korda trail defending champ Yang in Thailand

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CHONBURI, Thailand – Defending champion Amy Yang carded a 3-under 69 to lead by one halfway through the LPGA Thailand on Friday.

Yang trailed first-round leader Lexi Thompson by two before teeing off at Siam Country Club, then had consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, but rallied with four birdies, including on the par-3 12th.

At 9 under overall, the South Korean was one shot ahead of countrywoman Q Baek (71) and Americans Jessica Korda (66) and Thompson (72).



''I struggled a little bit on the front, two bogeys straight, but I stayed patient, got through it well,'' Yang said. ''Leading by one shot is not much, and two more rounds is still a lot of golf.''

Korda's low round of the day, matched by Haru Nomura of Japan, was capped by a 12-foot eagle putt on her last hole.

Xi Yu Lin of China hit a hole-in-one on the 186-yard, par-3 16th, and earned a Honda Accord.