Stark moves into 1-shot lead at LPGA Shanghai

SHANGHAI — First-round co-leader Maja Stark of Sweden took the lead on her own Friday with a 4-under 68 that left her with a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the LPGA Shanghai tournament.

Stark had a two-round total of 10-under 134 on the Qizhong Garden Golf Club course in the LPGA’s first return to China since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two-time defending champion Danielle Kang of the U.S. and Yu Liu of China, who both shot 67s, were tied for second.

The original 81-player, no-cut field featured 62 players from the LPGA Tour, 15 from the China Ladies PGA and four sponsor exemptions. The event is the start of a four-tournament Asia swing, with later stops in South Korea, Malaysia and Japan.