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08/26/2016 14:54 EDT | Updated 08/27/2017 01:12 EDT

Ariya Jutanugarn shoots bogey-free second round to take early second round lead

PRIDDIS, Alta. — No driver, no problem for Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn.

Despite not carrying a driver in her bag, Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to take the clubhouse lead after the morning wave of golfers during the second round of the LPGA's Canadian Open.

"I hit my tee shots pretty good and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good," said the 20-year-old Bangkok native, who is sitting alone in first place at 12 under after carding eight birdies on the Raven course of the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

"Honestly, I don't think it suits with my game. To me, it's a little bit narrow and I can't hit my driver."

Not having the big stick didn't cause any problems for Jutanugarn, who hit 14-of-14 fairways on Friday using either her 3-wood or 2-iron.

"Sometimes I feel more confident with my irons, so I feel like this one I've got to make sure it's in the fairway, so it's good enough," said Jutanugarn, who is currently No. 2 in the Rolex women's world golf rankings behind New Zealand's Lydia Ko and just ahead of Brooke Henderson from Smiths Falls, Ont. "I mean some weeks I use my driver if it's wide enough and if I need the distance, but this week I don't need that."

South Korea's Chella Choi finished up the final four holes of her first round early on Friday morning after play was suspended the night before due to darkness. She had the first round lead of 7-under 65, but fell to second spot behind Jutanugarn at 8 under after shooting 71 during her second trip around the par-72, 6,622-yard layout.

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow, who shot 66 on Thursday, started in the afternoon and pulled into a tie for second place with Choi after going 2 under through six holes.

Thailand's Budsabakorn Sukapan shot 66 in Round 2 and is tied for fourth spot at 7 under with South Korea's Amy Yang and Japan's Sakura Yokomine.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc, of Sherbrooke, Que., sank a long putt from off the green on the 18th hole to finish her second round with an eagle.

"I know the greens are super fast, so I just know I had to roll it on the green and then the green was going to do the rest," said Leblanc. "Fortunately I did the job and it's a good way to finish."

After carding her second straight score of 69, Leblanc is in a tie for sixth spot at 6 under with five other golfers including Hamilton's Alena Sharp.

"It's always good to see the Canadian flag on the leaderboard no matter where we are, but definitely this week," said Sharp. "I know in the past we've done well as a group, the Canadians, so it's nice to see halfway through we've got some people up there. Hopefully we can continue it on the weekend."

Calgary's Jaclyn Lee followed up the 69 she shot in Round 1 with a 70 to put her in a tie for 13th place at 5 under, one shot ahead of Henderson, who carded a respectable round of 4-under 68.

"I'm feeling pretty good," said Lee, who's playing in her first LPGA event as an amateur. "These past two days have been really fun, incredible … just a great experience. It's been a bonus on top of that to play well."