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Mika Miyazato leads LPGA event in France

Mika Miyazato leads LPGA event in France
Mika Miyazato owns a 1-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Evian Masters LPGA tournament in France. She is shown in a July 2009 file photo. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) | License Photo

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France, July 23 (UPI) -- Mika Miyazato fired a 5-under-par 67 Friday and moved into the lead of the Evian Masters LPGA tournament in France.

Miyazato had six birdies and a bogey -- taking a 5 on the par-4 fourth hole for the second consecutive day -- in the second round and is at 9-under 135 for the tournament.

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Gwladys Nocera, whose own 67 included a ninth-hole eagle, is one stroke behind Miyazato and Jeong Jang (69) is in third at 7-under 137.

Choi Na-yeon and Meena Lee, who each shot 70 in the second round, are tied for fourth with M.J. Hur (71) and first-round co-leader Morgan Pressel (72) at 6-under.

Ahn Sun-ju (73) and Melissa Reid (77), who were tied with Pressel after Thursday's play, fell into a tie for eighth and a tie for 25th, respectively.

Miyazato posted a birdie at the third hole but had a 5 on the par-4, 374-yard fourth hole. She rebounded with a birdie at the seventh hole and added another at No. 9. She got to 4-under with a birdie at 11 and took the lead with a closing birdie.

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