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Reid grabs Cambia Portland Classic lead on birthday

Field Level Media
20 Sep 2020, 13:19 GMT+10

England's Mel Reid shot the low round of the tournament so far on Saturday -- a 7-under 65 -- to grab a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic in Oregon.

The 65, which came on Reid's birthday and matches the lowest score of the 33-year-old's career, followed Reid's opening-round 67 and leaves her at 12-under 132 for the tournament.

Australian Hannah Green, the defending champion at this event, shot a 4-under 68 and sits alone in second at 10 under. South Korea's Amy Yang (66 on Saturday) and American Amy Olson (68) are tied for third at 9 under, followed by a quartet of golfers tied for fifth, another shot back: England's Georgia Hall (66), France's Celine Boutier (67), 19-year-old rookie Yealimi Noh of the U.S. (69) and Mexico's Gaby Lopez (69).

Friday's first round was suspended by darkness and several players had to conclude their first round on Saturday. The event has also been shortened to 54 holes from its scheduled 72 because of poor air quality caused by wildfires in the area.

Reid's bogey-free round consisted of seven birdies and 11 pars at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. She opened with one birdie in her first five holes -- a 2 on the par-3 second -- then closed the front nine with four straight birdies. She birdied No. 11 then closed her day with a 3 on the par-4 18th.

"It's been a bonus weekend already," Reid said of making the cut and her birthday coinciding with the tournament. "Obviously a great position going into tomorrow, the position that everyone wants. So I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

Green had more of an up-and-down day Saturday, posting six birdies, two bogeys and 10 pars. She opened her round on the back nine and bogeyed the par-5 10th to start. She got the stroke back on 11, then posted three birdies over a six-hole span before a bogey on the par-3 second hole. Like Reid, she closed her day out with a birdie on her final hole.

"Really happy with my last putt," Green said. "Holed a long bomb there, so gives me another positive momentum for tomorrow. Yeah, hopefully I can get the pace of the greens a little bit better and give myself opportunities to make birdie."

Another player familiar with success at the Cambia Portland Classic is Noh. But unlike Green, Noh's success is also offset by heartbreak as a late Sunday collapse cost her the lead and ultimately the championship in 2019.

After Saturday's round, however, Noh said she is all about carrying the positive vibes over the Round 3.

"Yeah, it feels really good," Noh said. "I wasn't really expecting anything coming into the week ... I just like remember the course, how much I like the course."

"I just want to hit the -- I'm hitting it really good right now," Noh added, "so just going to work on my putting a little bit more. Tomorrow like the mindset is just like not leave anything out there. Just take every opportunity."

--Field Level Media

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