Mika Miyazato appears intent on taking advantage of a fifth chance.
The 23-year-old from Japan is typically a force at LPGA majors. In 2011 and 2012, she carded six top-10 finishes in eight tries, establishing herself as one of the most tantalizing young golfers on Tour.
2013 has been a different story, however. Miyazato finished 63rd at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, 22nd at the LPGA Championship, 31st at the U.S Women's Open and 59th at the Women's British Open.
Luckily for her, the LPGA has added a fifth major this year in the Evian Championship, and after one day at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France, she sits atop the leaderboard.
Following a washed-out Thursday shortened the tournament to 54 holes, Miyazato took advantage of better conditions on Friday, knocking in seven birdies and just one bogey on her way to an impressive six-under 65.
Here's a look at the leaderboard as we enter the weekend:
|T2||Se Ri Pak||66||-5|
|10 Players Tied for 10th||69||-2|
Note: You can look at the complete leaderboard here, courtesy of EvianChampionship.com.
As you'll notice, there's a familiar face absent from the top 10.
Inbee Park, world No. 1 and winner of the first three majors of the year, has some major work to do. She was par through nine holes, but a double-bogey on her 11th hole—thanks to a penalty when her ball moved on the green—severely derailed her progress:
Inbee Park's quest for historic 4th major in same season rattled by mid-round penalty. Ball moved at address on green. Shoots +3.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) September 13, 2013
The four-time major winner and defending champion of this tournament went on to finish at three-over and currently sits in a tie for 71st place with 36 holes remaining.
World No. 2 Stacy Lewis, fresh off her Women's British Open win in August, shot a solid two-under 69 and sits in a tie for 10th place. Unfortunately, she wasn't exactly thrilled about the move to 54 holes:
Now we are shorting a major championship to 54 holes... What's next??— Stacy Lewis (@Stacy_Lewis) September 13, 2013
However, the abbreviated format should only make for an enthralling weekend. Miyazato has three players—including world No. 3 Suzann Pettersen—just one stroke behind her, while there are an astounding 32 players within five strokes of the lead.
Round 2 play from France will start at 7:50 a.m. CEST and 1:50 a.m. EST. You can find the full schedule here, courtesy of EvianChampionship.com.