Jang – waiting in the wings


Second-day co-leader D’Alessio began the day at seven-under but took a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole after finding herself in difficult greenside rough and then four-putting.

“I was playing solid for the first 11 holes,” said the 32-year-old American, who carded a 76 to move to two-under-par.

“I didn’t make a very good second shot (on the 12th) and then it was just the comedy of errors into the hole.”

Shin carded a two-under 70, meanwhile, two-time Evian Masters champion Annika Sorenstam of Sweden lies in joint sixth place after a 74 to end the day four strokes back in a share of sixth position at two-under.

She said: “Today was probably my best ball striking it’s just I had a little difficulty on the greens. I’m kind of disappointed because I really felt like I played well but it’s always nice to finish strong and hopefully tomorrow I can hit it like this and make some of the putts.

“I’ve got to go low tomorrow. Like I said, I feel very good about the way I’m hitting it. I think I’m putting well too it’s just it didn’t turn out today. I’m climbing slowly up the leader board. It’s been great to come back and at least look at the leaders. It’s been a while so I’m excited about that.”

England’s Laura Davies carded six bogeys and four birdies for a 74 and finished the day at one-under-par.

Elsewhere, Jin Joo Hong – the joint overnight co-leader with D’Alessio – dropped to one-over-par after a nightmare round of 80.

American teenager Michelle Wie, who began the day at level par, took a bogey on the third hole and then doubled each of the fourth, sixth and seventh holes en route to an 84 as she slipped to 12-over-par and 69th position for the tournament.

The final day’s play begins at 7.35am on Sunday, with the leaders due out on the first tee at 12.54pm.