Higa holds lead as play halts at Women’s Open

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mamiko Higa of Japan birdied three of her final six holes following a nearly two-hour weather delay to shoot an even-par 71 and maintain a one-shot lead Friday in the suspended second round of the US Women’s Open.

A day after shooting a 65 for the lowest debut round in tournament history, Higa was a stroke behind Jessica Korda when thunderstorms and lightning caused play to be suspended at the Country Club of Charleston. When things resumed, Higa rediscovered her first-round touch to regain the lead over Korda at 6 under with a 14-footer on her final hole.

There were 45 players on the course when play was halted due to darkness. They’ll finish Saturday before third-round play starts.

Korda shot a 68, her lowest score in 38 career rounds in the major tournament.

American amateur Gina Kim had a 72 to join Celine Boutier of France at 4 under. Boutier has four holes to play.

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