Japanese teen Hataoka leads LPGA Volvik

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik Championship. Hataoka, who is coming off the first two top-10 finishes of her LPGA career, made seven birdies at Travis Pointe Country Club. She began her round on No. 10, and her best stretch came toward the end, when she birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 6.

"I'm really comfortable playing the LPGA," the 19-year-old Hataoka said through a translator. "I've really got confidence now."


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