Brianna Do makes a move with Hawaii’s Tadd Fujikawa as caddie in second round of LPGA LOTTE Championship

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Tadd Fujikawa & Brianna Do

Lydia Ko went low again, shooting a 9-under 63 at Kapolei Golf Club on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead midway through the second round at the Lotte Championship.

Ko, a two-time major champion who’s seeking her first win since 2018, is 24 under par her last three rounds. She nearly caught Patty Tavatanakit with a final-round 62 last week at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration.

Ko had an opening-round 67 at Kapolei and was 14 under at the midpoint. The 23-year-old from New Zealand made nine birdies in her bogey-free second round and needed just 24 putts.

With half the field still on the course, Ko’s closest pursuers were fourth-ranked Nelly Korda (68) and Luna Sobron Galmes of Spain, who had 10 birdies and shot 64. Sobron Galmes plays primarily on the Ladies European Tour and is ranked 233rd.

A Lim Kim, who won the U.S. Women’s Open in December, shot 64 and was tied with Brianna Do (66) at 10 under.

Tadd Fujikawa, who at 16 made the cut in the PGA Tour’s 2007 Sony Open in Hawaii, is Do’s caddie this week on his home course.

“We grew up in junior golf together playing on the mainland with AJGA and all that and so, he happened to be here this week and a mutual friend hooked us up together and I think it’s one of the best decisions I made here in Hawaii,” Do told KHON2 Sports reporter Alan Hoshida. “He knows the course well, he has some good lines off the tee boxes, he reads the greens really well, so it’s been good.”

Seventeen-year-old Rose Zhang (68), the world’s top-ranked amateur, was five shots back. Brooke Henderson, the 2018 and 2019 Lotte winner, was six back after her second 68. Last year’s tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The only Hawaii born golfer in the field is Maui’s Kyung Kim. She made the cut in dramatic fashion, sinking a birdie on her 18th hole of the round to finish at -3 through 36 holes.

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