Perrine Delacour shot a bogey-free 67 on day 2 at the Portland Classic to hold on to the lead at 14-under. Her 130 total is a new career-best 36-hole score for the Frenchwoman and her first 36-hole lead.
“I mean, of course coming from a leader on the first day, shooting 9-under, you know you're not going to shoot twice 9-under. So thankfully my team, my mental coach was telling me it's impossible you're going to shoot twice 9-under, so just try your best and see where it's going,” said Delacour.
“I was pretty stressed at first because I never been a leader after the first day, so I talk a lot with my caddie and he was just trying to help me be patient. He's like, it's okay. You're starting from scratch so you're even and just trying again. See where it's going.”
Sweden's Linn Grant lies in second place at 13-under after carding a 66.
Last week’s winner Megan Khang recorded her second-straight 66 to close two shots off the lead in third place.
“Funny enough I was telling Jack that it feels like we been having that same putt, like left-to-right, right-and-left on the side of the greens just because in the pro-am I was there, practice round I was there, and yesterday I was also there,” said Khang, who is the only player to make at least one eagle in each round so far this week. “I had a pretty good feeling and just kind of put a good stroke on it, and very fortunate to make it.”
Seven players are tied in fourth place at 10-under including England's Charley Hull (67).
A total of 68 players made the cut at 4-under, tied for the second-lowest 36-hole cut in LPGA Tour history. It’s only the seventh time in Tour history that the cut has been at 4-under or lower.