Katie Burnett shot a two-under-par 70 to claim first place at the halfway mark of the Ladies European Masters, one stroke clear of In Kyung Kim.
South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace slid down the leaderboard with a Friday 74, but has a wealth of LPGA Tour experience to rely on at the weekend.
Burnett, meanwhile, has the chance to go deep on Saturday in the third round at Golf Club Hubbelrath. It would separate her from the field, because 20 of the 144 players are below par in Dusseldorf.
‘I think I hit my tee balls a little better today. My irons weren’t as good as yesterday and because the greens are soft, they got a little bit bumpy this afternoon. Other than that, I can’t complain,’ she said.
‘I think it played a little tougher today. The pins are in tougher places. We’ve still got 36 holes to play and there are a couple of great players right behind me. I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing and see what happens,’ she added.
Spain’s Belen Mozo shot 64 in the summery conditions on Friday and rocketed to third place on six under par.