England's Hull three shots back in opening major

Hull won her first LPGA title in November last year
ANA Inspiration second-round leaderboard
-7 S Pettersen (Nor); -6 M Lee (Aus), N Korda (US), Inbee Park (Kor), C Kerr (US); -5 M Jutanugarn (Tha)
Selected others: -4 C Hull (Eng), L Ko (NZ); +3 C Matthew (Sco); +5 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng)

England's Charley Hull carded a round of 72 and is three shots off the lead after two rounds at the first women's major of the year in California.

Hull was one of 52 players who had to finish round one of the ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage on Friday after high winds felled trees on the course.

She completed a 68 but then bogeyed two of her last four second-round holes.

Norway's Suzann Pettersen leads at seven under, with 56 players still to complete their second round.

Joint first-round leader Karine Icher is one of those who will need to return to the Mission Hills course early on Saturday to finish round two, and she is only one shot behind two-time major winner Pettersen with seven holes to complete.

Hull, 21, the world number 16 who was runner-up to Lydia Ko in this event last year, also reached six under but dropped shots at the par four 15th and the closing par-five 18th.

Compatriot Mel Reid, who had a mixed opening round of 72 including three birdies and a double bogey, is still level after pars at the six holes she managed to complete in round two before darkness intervened.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew is likely to miss the cut after a 72 containing an eagle and a double bogey kept her at three over, while England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff is five over with seven holes still to complete.


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