DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – In-Kyung Kim shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 Thursday to build a two-shot lead over Michelle Wie at the halfway point of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
The South Korean, who won the Longs Drugs Challenge this year, believes she could have done even better.
“I feel very happy with my round but I had some more chances for birdies,” said Kim, who leads at 135. “I could have gotten a little bit lower. The little putts were hard to read.”
Wie, who scored 113 out of 120 in her statistics exams, shot a 78. Tania Elosegui (66), who made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, and Amy Yang are a shot behind Wie.
Wie started with three straight birdies but missed chances on the final three holes.
“I feel like I’m having a lot of fun on the golf course. But I also feel like I’m playing pretty consistent,” Wie said. “I want to make a lot more birdies and keep playing better every day.”
By the time Wie teed off, Kim had already posted her 65.
“I saw the scoring was really low and I was like, ‘I have to start out like this.’ So I just went out there and it kind of worked out,” Wie said.
Overnight leader Maria Hjorth (73) made a triple-bogey on the final hole and dropped into a tie for fifth at 139.
British Open champion Catriona Matthew (68) continued her effort to overtake Sophie Gustafson at the top of the money list, joining Hjorth at 5 under overall.
Gustafson (69) is two shots further back.