Charley Hull with 8 birdies posts 64 to take lead in Texas

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COLONY, TX (AP) — Charlie Hull forced herself to work a little harder on her putting, and on Friday she saw it pay off with eight birds in her 7-64 round to take a 36-hole lead at the Ascendant LPGA. .

Hull took control with four birds on a six-hole round-the-corner course ahead of Sia “Janet” Lin (68) and Thailand’s Attaya Titikul, whose eagle finish brought her 67.

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Titicul could take the top spot in the women’s world rankings by winning a second week in a row on the LPGA Tour.

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They played in the morning and caught the best side of the wave at the Old American Golf Club in moderate wind. However, the course remained elastic, making it difficult to grab the pins.

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Hull, a 26-year-old from England, did a great job and relied on her putting. This is what she least likes to practice at home, preferring instead to improve by playing up to 36 holes a day.

“I just feel like the stick was very strong today,” Hull said. “When I was at home, I worked really hard on my shot because I thought it was the most boring part of the game to practice. I don’t train as much as I should, so I work out for two hours every day and just try to fix it.”

She started with a back nine and a birdie on par 17, which led her to three birds on the opening four holes of the front nine. Hull finished with two birdies and was 11 under 131.

“I actually can’t remember most of my round because I was very focused. I didn’t know what my account was when I walked in,” Hull said.

A five-time Solheim Cup player, Hull was nearly six years behind her only LPGA Tour win at the CME Group Championship. She also has three wins on the Women’s European Tour, most recently last fall at the Aramco Team Series in New York.

Titicul won last week in Arkansas and at the age of 19 could replace Jin Yong Ko at world number one by winning. She will be no worse than No. 2 after this week after Nelly Korda fired 75-72 and missed.

Titicul did not hide the fact that Old American did not suit her in the game. She told her team around her earlier in the week that she didn’t have much expectations.

This may be what helps the Thai teenager who is trying to think less and react less to gunshots. She overcame a double ghost on the ninth par-4 hole and got into great position on the weekend, putting a 40-foot eagle putt on 17th and the final birdie.

“When I started, as I did before the first round, I just told myself and my manager, my caddy, that this reduction is enough for me on this field,” Titicul said. “It’s difficult for me. I think it’s so different from last week. It’s dry and almost all over, and so many bunkers.

“I don’t think too much about the track. That’s why I can play well these two days.”

Lin led by one after the first round and scored two par 5s.

Lindy Duncan had 65 points and was three shots behind. Jessica Korda had 66 points and was four behind, while Lydia Ko also had 66 points and was one stroke behind. Lexi Thompson also played in the morning and was only able to make 70, leaving her six shots behind as the American struggles to finish more than three years without a win at the LPGA.


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