Suzann Pettersen maintained her two-shot lead through 36 holes at the Honda LPGA Thailand. Alena Sharp kept pace to remain in second place at -9, Laura Davies is now third at -7 with Paula Creamer, Angela Park and Joo Mi Kim tied for fourth at -6.
Somehow, Pettersen managed to bogey four holes (three on the par-3s) and still log a 68. She holed out from 115 yards for eagle at the par-4 13th and tacked on six birdies for good measure. Davies, Creamer and Catriona Matthew (-3) all posted 66s to share Round of the Day honors. Eagles at 1 at 18 made most of the difference for Davies. Defending champ Hee-Won Han shot 70 to leave herself at -5, six shots back of the leader.
On the down side, Se Ri Pak posted 78 to fall to T52. Ai Miyazato continues to flounder – an 80 puts her in 59th place out of 60 players. Shi Hyun Ahn stumbled to a 76, knocking her out of the Top 10 down to T31. Jeong Jang recovered from her Thursday woes, carding a 69 to move up to T31.
It look like Pettersen is right on track to win her third event in four starts, but all those bogeys on Friday make me hedge on that prediction. She’s still the favorite, but with that uncertainty I’ll say that anyone within eight shots of her still has a reasonable chance to catch her.