Japan's Nasa Hataoka shot a 5-under 67 Friday to remain tied for the lead through two rounds of the U.S. LPGA season-ending Tour Championship.

The six-time LPGA tournament winner shares the top rung with American Alison Lee at 14-under 130 after the joint overnight leader, China's Yin Ruoning, dropped one shot back with a 68.

South Korea's Amy Yang and Australia's Minjee Lee are also tied for third at 13-under.

Japanese golfer Nasa Hataoka hits a tee shot on the 18th hole at Tiburon Golf Club's Gold Course in Naples, Florida, during the second round of the LPGA Tour Championship on Nov. 17, 2023. (Kyodo)

Hataoka shot seven birdies against two bogeys on Tiburon Golf Club's Gold Course in Naples, Florida.

"I tried to only think about improving my score," Hataoka said. "My swing feels really good. I want to put myself in a winning position over the remaining two days."

Among other Japanese players, Ayaka Furue carded a 65 to move up to eighth place at 10-under.

The winner of the 60-player no-cut 72-hole event will earn $2 million.


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