OCALA, Fla. – Ha Na Jang birdied the 18th hole to take sole possession of the lead in Friday’s completion of the suspended second round of the Coates Golf Championship.
Jang holed a 10-foot putt at the last to close out an even-par 72, leaving her at 7 under overall, one shot ahead of Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko (69) and Haru Nomura (66), and two shots ahead of Lexi Thompson (70), Sei Young Kim (71), Jessica Korda (68), Lizette Salas (70) and Xi Yu Lin (68).
Suzann Pettersen (67), Cristie Kerr (71), Brooke Henderson (70) and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion In Gee Chun (72) were three back.
Seventy-five players made the cut at 3 over. The third round was scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. ET with threesomes going off split tees. Jang, Ko and Nomura were expected to go off as the leaders in the final group at 4:27 p.m. GolfChannel.com will live stream third round action from 4:27-6 p.m. with Golf Channel running it on tape delay from 8-10 p.m.
Ko had a share of the lead coming back to finish her suspended round early Friday morning. She was on the course at 7:30 p.m. with a 15-foot uphill birdie putt left to complete the second round in 39-degree weather. She ran her birdie chance 3 feet past but missed the comebacker for par, power-lipping it out.
The second round was halted early Thursday afternoon because of bad weather.