Jang leads in Naples; Ko 2 back


Ha Na Jang took the lead in the CME Group Tour Championship with a 7-under 65, and Lydia Ko holds the lead in the season-long race after a 67 that left her two shots behind Jang. Here's how things stand after two rounds of the LPGA season finale in Naples, Fla.

Leaderboard: Jang (-10), Ko (-8), Cristie Kerr (-7), Jennifer Song (-7), Karine Icher (-6), Brittany Lincicome (-6), Gerina Piller (-6).

What it means: Ko is the projected winner of the Race to the CME Globe and its $1 million prize, but second-place Inbee Park is still in the running. Park shot 69 on Friday and is six shots off the lead (and four behind Ko). Jang vaulted into third place in the CME standings, ahead of Sei Young Kim, who shot 71 Friday.

Round of the day: Jang's birdie on 18 - only the second birdie there all day (Ko would make a third) - gave her the day's low round. Jang's only blemish on her eight-birdie scorecard was a three-putt bogey at the par-3 16th. Jang has only two bogeys in two rounds - both at the 16th.

Best of the rest: Minjee Lee shot 66, making seven birdies against one bogey - coincidentally, also at the 16th. At 3 under, Lee is tied for 20th, a 41-place improvement over her standing after her first-round 75.

Biggest disappointment: First-round leader Austin Ernst stumbled badly out of the gate with a triple bogey on the first hole and went on to shoot 73, dropping into a tie for eighth place. It could have been worse, though - she birdied two of her last three holes to limit the damage.

Storyline entering the weekend: All eyes will be on Ko as she pursues the $1 million jackpot for the season-long Race to the CME Globe. As far as the tournament goes, moving day should shake out a leaderboard that after 36 holes has 19 players within six shots of the lead.

Quote of the day: "I'm not going to think of it as a double. I'm just going to say I made three bogeys today." - Ko, on making a double bogey at the 15th hole.