Golf: Jutanugarn grabs Canadian Open lead, eyes her fifth title of the year

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand drives the ball off the 6th tee box during the second round at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club on Aug 26, 2016.
Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand drives the ball off the 6th tee box during the second round at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club on Aug 26, 2016.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

Reuters - Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn set her sights on a fifth victory this year as she moved to a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Women's Open on Friday.

Jutanugarn completed the final two holes of her delayed first round in the morning, where she finished at four-under-par, then fired a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 in the second round to move to 12-under and take command.

South Korea's Chun In Gee (67) and Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow (69) trail her at nine-under. Jutanugarn, the world No. 2, won the Women's British Open in her last event but withdrew from the third round at the Rio Olympics with a knee injury.

The knee didn't appear to bother her on the way to a red-hot second round. "So I know I hurt my knee, so that's why I didn't play very good on the third round (in the Olympics)," Jutanugarn told reporters.

"And after the draw I just felt OK. I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn't feel like anything changed."

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, seeking her fourth Canadian Women's Open, is four shots behind at eight-under-par after shooting a three-under 69 in the second round.