England's Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are in the mix at the season's first major, the ANA Inspiration, after standout performances on Friday.
Hull, who finished runner-up at the same event two years ago, put herself in contention with a second round 68, rising up the leaderboard to head into the weekend on seven-under-par, five shots behind overnight leaders Pernilla Lindberg and Sung Hyun Park.
Ewart Shadoff, who finished second at last year's Ricoh Women's British Open, is also on T4 at seven under par after a second round 67.
Park and Lindberg set a new 36-hole Tournament scoring record at 12-under par. The previous record of 11-under par was set by Lorena Ochoa in 2006. Park and Lindberg separated themselves from the field heading into the weekend with a three-stroke cushion ahead of Jessica Korda at 9-under par.
Lindberg is navigating unfamiliar territory this week. The 2010 rookie had never led a major tournament prior to this week and is looking to win for the first time on Tour. Park, on the other hand, won twice in her first year on Tour, including the U.S. Women’s Open. In addition to playing for her second major title on Sunday, the world No. 4 has an opportunity reach No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings.
She could do so with a win or second place finish and world No. 2 Lexi Thompson would need to finish in a tie for seventh with three other players, or worse. No. 3 So Yeon Ryu would need to finish third or worse.
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