Paula Reto takes LPGA Tour lead in Alabama

Paula Reto waves after hitting a birdie on the ninth hole during the second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Prattville, Ala. (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, Albert Cesare)
The Montgomery Advertiser, Albert Cesare

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) South Africa's Paula Reto birdied her final hole Friday for a 6-under 66 and a three-stroke lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Reto had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on her opening nine - the back nine on Capitol Hill's Senator layout. The 24-year-old former Purdue player finished with eight birdies and two bogeys to reach 13-under 131.

South Korea's Mi Jung Hur, tied for the first-round lead with top-ranked Stacy Lewis at 64, was second after a 70. Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event that was dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, was third at 9 under after a 71.

Lexi Thompson, the 2011 winner at age 16, missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 78.

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