Katherine Kirk takes LPGA Tour lead after career-best 63


Published 10:10 p.m. ET July 7, 2017 | Updated 10:23 p.m. ET July 7, 2017

ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Katherine Kirk shot a career-best 9-under 63 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead in the weather-delayed second round of the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Kirk, a 35-year-old Australian who has two victories in 14 years on the LPGA Tour, played the back nine in 7-under 29 at Thornberry Creek, the Oneida Nation-owned resort near Green Bay. She eagled the par-5 13th and hit a hybrid to 4 feet on the 196-yard, par-3 17th for her final birdie of the day to finish at 13-under through two rounds.

“My husband was up here Monday and Tuesday with me, and he said to me last night, ‘Someone could easily shoot 8 under around here,'” Kirk said. “I’m just happy it was me, or 9 (under), I guess.”

Kirk finished her round before a 3 ½-hour delay for lightning in the area.

“Perfect conditions, really,” she said. “We only had a little bit of breeze, but the greens for us are softer than usual, so we’re able to basically throw darts at it, and I think that’s why you’re seeing so many low numbers out there.”

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