Thanks to a perfect day and a card of 64 (-8), Céline Boutier takes the lead in the HSBC Women's World Championship. The French number 1 delivered a perfect performance with eight birdies, even though she had started her tournament with a card over par. At -7 total, she is one step ahead of the Japanese Ayaka Furue. Lilia Vu, the world number 1, is 21st after a poor card of 74 (+2). Perrine Delacour is 38th after two rounds.

Céline Boutier back at the top of the leaderboard

Céline Boutier during the second round of the HSBC Women's World Championship – via Twitter @LPGA

Céline Boutier is back at the top of the LPGA Tour leaderboards. After a more than successful 2023 season, the Francilienne is launching into this new season by taking the lead after two rounds of the HSBC Women's World Championship. Having started his tournament with a card above par, Boutier recovered well with a resounding 64 (-8). The world number 3 delivered a perfect performance, without bogey thanks to a fiery putting: hold on tight, only 22 putts. With a total of -7, the tricolor is one step ahead of the Japanese Ayaka Furue.

The Japanese, however, got off to a bad start with two bogeys in four holes, score 67 (-5) to place herself one stroke behind Céline Boutier. Madelene Sagstrom completes the podium at -5.

World number 1 Lilia Vu is 21st after a very sad day which included 16 pars for two bogeys. Unlike the French leader, her putter was at half mast: 34 putts.

Lydia Ko, after a failed first day in 76, moved up the rankings with a round in 70 (-2) on her second day.

Perrine Delacour, second Frenchwoman entered in Singapore, ranks 38th at +3 total. Despite everything, a good end to the day for Delacour who finished his round with two birdies on his last three holes.

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