Torres takes early 2-stroke lead at Evian Championship

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Tour rookie Maria Torres shot a 2-under 69 Friday to take a two-stroke clubhouse lead in the second round of the Evian Championship.

With players still on the course, the 23-year-old Puerto Rican finished the round at 8-under 134 overall. Major winners Georgia Hall (68) and So Yeon Ryu (69) were among four players at 6 under. They were joined by Austin Ernst (70), who holed a 20-foot putt to save par on the 18th.

“I just kind of started to roll again,” said Torres, the first player from Puerto Rico to get an LPGA Tour card. “It’s something new and it’s exciting (to lead).”

Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park (71) was at 6 over and looked sure to miss the projected cut by three shots.

Starting early in the rain as co-leader, Torres made bogeys on her first two holes before settling in with three birdies in the next five at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

Carlota Ciganda, who also shot a 65 on Thursday, birdied her first hole on Friday to get to 7 under but still was on the course.

Hall, last month’s Women’s British Open champion, played in a stellar group of the past three majors winners with Park and second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn (73).

American amateur Rachel Heck, who is only 16 years old, shot a 73 to get to 1 over 143, which should be enough to make the cut.

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