Mika Miyazato has continued her excellent play in the second day of the 2013 Evian Championship. The 23-year-old Japanese star shot a two-under par in the second round at Evian Resort Club in France, pushing her total score to eight-under in this historical event.
Here’s a look at the top competitors after two rounds of play:
*Complete leaderboard can be found here, courtesy of EvianChampionship.com.
With the LPGA adopting a fifth major for the first time in history this year, Miyazato is in prime position to capture the first major of her promising young career.
The tournament has been reduced to 54 holes after a washout on Thursday, opening the door for the World No. 19-ranked golfer to break through. A birdie on the tough 18th hole was the icing on the cake that ensured she retained her lead for at least one more day.
However, Miyazato isn’t without competition. Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen are right on the leader’s heels and tied for second at seven-under.
Ko was especially impressive on Saturday, as the 16-year-old amateur phenom shot a four-under with no bogeys on her scorecard. Pettersen was two-under on the round and had a four-birdie performance hindered by bogeys on No. 10 and No. 14.
Stacy Lewis, the United States’ top competitor in the event, rose drastically after shooting four-under. The 28-year-old is now in fourth place with a six-under and is certainly in the hunt for her third major.
World No. 1-ranked golfer Inbee Park is notably missing from the top of the leaderboard, as the South Korean star followed up Friday’s poor three-over-par performance with a respectable par on Saturday.
Park is now sitting at T-54 and narrowly avoided being cut, which is set at five-over-par after two rounds.
Sunday should be an exciting final round, with the first tee-off set to happen at 7:50 a.m. CEST (1:50 a.m. ET). Make sure you tune in to see if Miyazato can hold on or if she is overtaken during the last 18 holes.