Thunderstorms stop US Women & # 039; s Open second round

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Lightning hits a tree on the 18th hole during the second round of the US Open in Charleston Second-class leaderboard – round suspended due to bad weather -6 M Higa (Jpn); -5 J Korda (USA); -4 G Kim (US), C Boutier (Fra); -3 Lee6 (Kor), N Korda (US), Green (United States), Thompson (United States) Selected others: Even C Hull (Eng); +3 J Ewart (Eng); +5 C Thomas (Eng); +6 B Law (Eng), Stephanie Meadow (NI); +11 G Hall (Eng) Complete standings

Mamiko Higa from Japan led the clubhouse at the US Open after a weather-dependent second round, with a lightning strike with a tree on the 18th hole.

Higa, 25, led after the first round and is a shot away from the American Jessica Korda after a birdie on the final hole.

Celine Boutier from France is tied for third in four (next to the American amateur Gina Kim) with four holes left

The second round is resumed on Saturday (12:15 BST).

Charley Hull from England scored a one-under-par 70 to sit at the same level, but fellow countryman Bronte Law is expected to miss the cut.

Law, who won Pure Silk Championship last week, shot a disappointing five-over-par 76 in her second round and left her in six.

The second round was suspended with 45 players still in action at the Country Club in Charleston after a two-hour delay due to thunderstorms and blurring

Higa, who recovered from four bogeys to a Even par 71 to follow a record-breaking first round, is the first Japanese player to lead the tournament since 2011.

Some of the top players of the tour are still in contact with the leaders, including Australian Minjee Lee (69) and two-time US Women & # 39; s Open-winner Inbee Park (70), both of whom are two.

Top American Lexi Thompson is in three under overall with two more holes to go in her second round.

The English Jodi Ewart Shadoff is expected to make the cut over three, while Charlotte Thomas, British Open winner Georgia Hall and Stephanie Meadow in Northern Ireland are likely to miss.

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