Pedersen, who won the Aramco Saudi Ladies International last week, carded a second round of 66 at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club to lie a shot behind Spain's Luna Sobron Galmes in the individual event that runs alongside the team competition.

And that helped lift Pedersen's group, which includes Scotland's Michele Thomson and South Africa's Casandra Hall, to a two-shot lead at 27-under par in the team event.

"We are loving playing together and having a good time," Thomson said. "It's a great new event. We're here for Emily to make all the birdies and us to make all the pars!

"It gives us a confidence boost that Pedersen picked us and we're looking forward to tomorrow."

Kyriacou, the 19-year-old Sydney rookie, had another solid day, recording a second round 70 that puts her three-under overall and joint 10th. Her squad were eight shots behind in the team event.

The innovative 37-team line-up saw players selected in an 'NFL-style' draft system and compete in a team-of-four pro-am format, with the best two scores counting.

Former Women's Open champion Georgia Hall, who lost out to Pedersen in a play-off on Sunday, recovered from her opening 75 to match the course record-equalling 65 posted by leader Sobron. At four-under, Hall is in a share of sixth place.