American Lincicome three clear at LPGA Championship

Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:20pm EDT

Brittany Lincicome of the U.S plays a bunker shot at the 11th hole during the women's British Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, northern England, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Brittany Lincicome of the U.S plays a bunker shot at the 11th hole during the women's British Open golf tournament at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, northern England, July 10, 2014.

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(Reuters) - American Brittany Lincicome surged to a three-stroke lead after the second round at the LPGA Championship on Friday.

Lincicome, a five-time LPGA winner, broke clear with a four-under-par 68 at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York.

She was at nine-under 135, while compatriot Lexi Thompson (72) and South Korean Park Inbee (66) were equal second on six-under.

Thompson was the first round leader, while Park is defending champion.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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