Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, smiles walking up the sixth fairway of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, April 22, 2016, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg
April 22, 2016

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) Haru Nomura shot a 2-under 70 on Friday at Lake Merced to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The 23-year-old Japanese player had a 9-under 135 total for a three-stroke lead over South Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi and Australia's Minjee Lee.

Nomura won the Australian Women's Open in February, pulling away to beating top-ranked Lydia Ko by three strokes for her first LPGA Tour title.

Ryu, the first-round leader after a tournament-record 63, bogeyed four of her first five holes in rain and wind and shot a 75. Lee, coming off a victory last week in Hawaii, had a 65. Choi shot 70.

Two-time defending champion Ko was four strokes back at 5 under after a 71. She birdied three of the first three holes, but bogeyed two of the last four.

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