Canadian golfer Maddie Szeryk sitting fourth at Texas Women's Open

THE COLONY, Texas — Canadian golfer Maddie Szeryk is sitting in the top five with a round to go at the Texas Women's Open.

Szeryk, from London, Ont., shot a 1-over 72 on Wednesday in the second round of the 54-hole event, leaving her in a tie for fourth place at 3 under.

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Szeryk held a share of the lead after Tuesday's opening-round before Celine Boutier of France came alive with a 7-under 64 in Round 2 to reach 10 under. Boutier has a three-stroke lead on second place, American Cheyenne Knight.

Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont., shot a 1-under 70 and is 3 over through 36 holes.

The Northern Texas PGA is conducting the US$50,000 tournament, which includes no spectators due to the global pandemic.

The 2020 champion will earn an exemption into the 2021 LPGA Tour Marathon LPGA Classic.

Szeryk, a graduate of Texas A&M, began the season on the Symetra Tour — the LPGA's main feeder circuit — before the COVID-19 outbreak halted play in March.

The Symetra Tour hopes to start back July 24-26 and revised its 2020 schedule, extending the season by five weeks into November.

The LPGA wants to resume July 23-26 with the Marathon Classic in Ohio.

The 23-year old Szeryk was 19th on the money list in her 2019 Symetra rookie campaign. The top 10 earn LPGA Tour cards.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 3, 2020.

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