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Park moves into Meijer LPGA Classic lead

Belmont, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Inbee Park carded her second straight 5- under 66 on Friday as she moved into the lead of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Park, who earned her 10th career win on the LPGA Tour at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in June, finished 36 holes at Blythefield Country Club at 10-under-par 132.

"I hit it really good this year, but I just haven't putted as well. Putting like this feels like I'm back to last year, so hopefully I can hole some more putts the next two days," said Park, who won six times last year.

Suzann Pettersen fired a 7-under 64 to jump into second place at 9-under 133, while Mirim Lee also shot 64 to sit in third at minus-8.

Amy Yang (67) is alone in fourth at 7-under 135.

First-round leader Sandra Gal tripped to a 1-over 72 during her second round to fall into a share of fifth place at 5-under 137. She was joined by Lydia Ko (68), Haru Nomura (67), Line Vedel (69) and Katherine Kirk (70).

Park started on the back nine and quickly raced to 8-under as she opened her round with three straight birdies.

She went on to par her next 10 holes before rolling in a birdie at the fifth.

The former world No. 1 reached 10-under with another gain at the eighth, and closed her bogey-free round with a par at the ninth to claim the lead.

"I had one bogey yesterday, but today I had no mistakes out there. So yeah, I putted really well out there," said Park. "When you're putting really well, it's real easy to score."

Pettersen started quick with back-to-back birdies at the first and second. She converted another pair of gains at the fifth and sixth to move to 6-under.

She recorded her fifth birdie of the day at the ninth to make the turn at minus-7.

Pettersen pulled within one of Park with birdies at the 11th and 14th, but then fell back to 8-under with a bogey at the 16th. She got that shot back with a birdie at the 18th to return to minus-9 heading into the weekend.

"It's not like the easiest course if you miss the fairways, but just really tried to played to my strength, hit the fairways, hit greens and made a couple of putts," Pettersen said.

Lee converted a birdie at the first to move to 2-under for the tournament. She added another gain at the third and after trading a bogey at the fifth with a birdie at the sixth, she reached 4-under with a birdie at the eighth.

An eagle at the 11th jumped Lee to minus-6, and she recorded birdies at the 14th and 18th to finish at 8-under.

NOTES: Mo Martin withdrew during the second round ... Jean Bartholomew was disqualified after her round ... Pettersen and Lee tied the course record ... The cut line fell at 2-over 144, with 71 players advancing to the weekend. Among those to miss the cut were Jessica Korda and Ai Miyazato.

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