Georgia Hall fired a second round of 67 to take a one stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino.

At 12-under-par, she is one stroke ahead of Carlota Ciganda and home-town heroine Azahara Muñoz, who equalled the course record with a 64, only to be followed by another 64 from Supamas Sangchan of Thailand moments later.

In hot and sunny conditions at Real Club de Golf Guadalmina, Hall birdied the 11th, 13th and 17th on her first nine, adding further birdies at the fifth and seventh. She said afterwards: “I hit the ball better today, I just didn’t hit it close enough to the pin with my approach shots. It’s always good to have a bogey-free round and it got a bit windy on the back nine, so I’m happy with today’s score. The pins were not much harder, so you could attack them, but I putted well again today. Aza played great today. She holed some really good putts and shot eight-under.”

The defending champion, Muñoz, who is playing at her home club, said that her flawless 64 was her best ever round on the South Course.

She had two birdies on the back nine before firing another six on the front, including five in a row from the third to the seventh holes. She said:

“I haven’t played many tournaments on the South Course, because most tournaments used to be played on the North, but I actually only remember an eight-under on the North Course, so it’s definitely my best round by far on the South.''

Ciganda joined her on 11-under after posting a 67, containing three birdies and an eagle on the long seventh. She said: “I think it’s going to be fun, playing with Aza here. I’m sure there will be lots of people here tomorrow: her whole town, family, everybody will be here. It’s really good that we have two Spanish people up there and Georgia is a great player. She has lots of confidence after The Solheim Cup so I’m happy for her and hopefully we can make more birdies tomorrow.”

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa is a stroke further behind in fourth place after recovering from an early double-bogey on the 12th with seven birdies and a bogey in a round of 68. 

Frenchwoman Valentine Derrey sits in fifth spot, while Ursula Wikstrom and LET rookie Meghan MacLaren are tied for sixth. Diana Luna and Natalia Escuriola Martinez, who held a share of the lead after the first round, both had rounds of 73 to share eighth place. Sangchan and Suzann Pettersen are part of a large group in a tie for 10th on five-under-par.

Credit- Ladies European Tour

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