Sarah Jane Smith drives on the second hole during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament at Blythefield Country Club, Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Belmont, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio
November 11, 2016

MEXICO CITY (AP) Sarah Jane Smith shot a 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The Australian birdied four of the first seven holes, dropped a stroke on the par-4 eighth and birdied the par-3 14th. Winless on the LPGA Tour, she had a 9-under 135 total at Club de Golf Mexico.

Mexico's Gaby Lopez had a 65 to match South Korea's Mi Jung Hur (66) and Colombia's Mariajo Uribe (67) at 7 under in the 30-player event. South Korea's Chella Choi and France's Karine Icher each shot their second straight 69 to get to 6 under.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda, tied for the lead with Smith after a first-round 67, had a 72 to drop into a tie for seventh with 2008 winner Angela Stanford (68), Austin Ernst (67) and Jing Yan (67).

Michelle Wie was tied for 13th at 3 under after a 71. The 2009 winner in Guadalajara, she's playing on a sponsor invite after failing to qualify.

Mexican amateur Maria Fassi, tied for third after an opening 69, had a 76 to fall into a tie for 22nd at 1 over. She's a freshman at the University of Arkansas.

Brooke Henderson, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7 in the world, also was 1 over. The Canadian shot 71. No. 14 Anna Nordqvist was 3 over after a 72.

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