AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) â Spain’s Belen Mozo shot an 8-under 64, including a hole in one on the par-3 13th, to take a five-stroke lead after two rounds of the New Zealand Women’s Open on Friday.
Mozo finished strongly with a birdie on the 18th after a double-bogey on the 17th after hitting her tee shot into the water.
She had a 14-under total of 130 on the newly-established Windross Farm course.
Three golfers shared second place â Emily Tubert of the United States, who shot 65 Friday, Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden (67) and Canada’s Brooke Henderson, the co-leader after the first round who had a 70 Friday.
Local favorite Lydia Ko shot 68 and was eight strokes behind Mozo.
Mozo used a seven iron on the 164-meter 13th. The ball pitched on the apron of the green and rolled straight into the hole.
Mozo, who hasn’t won an LPGA event since joining the tour in 2011, kissed the billboard depicting the luxury car she would have won if she had aced the hole on Saturday or Sunday.
“It is karma,” Mozo joked. “The last hole-in-one I found out someone had got one just before me so I missed the prize. This one the car is for the weekend. It is my fifth hole-in-one in competition.”
Mozo started the day in a share of third place after a first-round 66 and took the lead Friday with six birdies in her first nine holes.
“When you score like this, everything seems so easy,” she said. “I got perfect weather but you still have to perform well. I struck the ball really well and overall I was in a…