Ai Miyazato takes Round 2 lead in Titleholders

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NAPLES, Fla. – Japan’s Ai Miyazato set herself up for a run at her third LPGA title this season.

With an 8-under-par 64 Friday, Miyazato grabbed the early lead in the second round of the CME Group Titleholders. Miyazato won the LPGA Lotte Championship in April and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in July.

Miyazato is a formidable weekend closer. She has won three of the last four times she has held a 36-hole lead in an LPGA event.

A hot putter helped Miyazato on Friday. She is known as one of the best putters on tour, but she hasn’t been happy with her work on the greens of late. She needed 31 putts in Thursday’s first round but only 25 on Friday.

“I haven’t had a good feeling with my putts the last month,” Miyazato said. “I just told myself to be patient, they’re going to go in.”