“They were just missing the hole a little bit here and there and it was frustrating. But that’s done with and hopefully I can shoot lights out tomorrow.”

Playing in light drizzle alongside Wie, Kim started strongly when she chipped in from 20 feet for birdie at the 331-yard par-four second hole. She picked up another shot at the par-five third hole when she two putted from just off the green.

The only blemish on the card was a bogey on the eighth, but Kim regained a two stroke lead after she holed a clutch birdie putt at the ninth for an outward total of 33, two under par. She came back in 34, three-under, after birdies on holes 13, 14 and 17.

“I’m very happy with how I played today. I played very solid again. I made some putts and left some putts, but I tried hard, and I think 5 under is not bad,” said Kim, who has callous on her fingers from learning to play the guitar with her friends.

Drawing on the experience of earning two LPGA titles, she said: “I’ve got to play my game. I have to play, you know, what the golf course gives me, and go out there and have some fun.”

Nordqvist, who stands to win the Ladies European Tour’s Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year Award on Saturday, grabbed a share of the lead after she sank a long putt at the 15th for her seventh birdie of the day, but couldn’t match Kim over the last three holes.

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