Sei Younger Kim birdied 5 of the ultimate six holes as darkness fell Friday at Aronimink for a 5-under 65 and the second-round lead within the KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship.
The 27-year-old South Korean closed with a 6-under 29 on the entrance 9. She dropped early strokes on Nos. 11 and 12 and made her lone first-nine birdie on the par-5 16th.
Kim had a 4-under 136 complete at rugged 6,437-yard Aronimink. She tied Karrie Webb (2001) and Sarah Kemp (2011) for the bottom nine-hole rating within the Girls’s PGA Championship.
A 10-time LPGA Tour winner, Kim is searching for her first main victory. She was runner-up on the 2015 KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship and tied for second on the Evian Championship in 2018.
The final 4 winners of the event both led or co-led after 36 holes.
Jennifer Kupcho (65), Danielle Kang (69), Carlota Ciganda (69) and Anna Nordqvist (68) had been a stroke again.
Canada’s Brooke Henderson shot a 1-under 69 Friday to get again to even for the event, whereas fellow Canadian Alena Sharp now sits 4-over after taking pictures 3-over 73.
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Kupcho was second final weekend within the ShopRite LPGA Basic and stated a run on the championship left her exhausted.
The 23-year-old Kupcho hit all 18 greens in regulation.
Kupcho — winner of the inaugural Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Newbie — has but to switch the success of her celebrated collegiate profession over to the LPGA Tour. She was the No. 1 ranked newbie at Wake Forest and received the 2018 NCAA Division I Golf Championship. At majors, she did not make the reduce 4 occasions, together with on the final two Girls’s British Opens.
At Aronimink, Kupcho went again to what labored for her in school. She determined to make use of the Ping i210 irons she performed with as an newbie after a chat along with her dad and mom.
Kupcho, who additionally introduced on a brand new caddie in Kyle Alexander, performed every 9 at Aronimink solely as soon as main into the event and located the unfamiliarity with the sloped greens might have labored to her benefit.
“Going into final week, I used to be not ready, like I felt fully unprepared,” she stated. “I felt the identical method coming into this week. I did not really feel like I used to be prepared to return play this sort of a golf course. I feel not being ready brings one other problem for me, and I feel that is what helps me play nicely.”
Prime gamers battling powerful course
Kang, the 2017 KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship winner, is also within the hunt for her second profession main. If she will get it, it should come on one of many more durable programs this season on the tour.
Kang visualized she was in a placing contest along with her brother in a bid to loosen up and regular her brief recreation, and promptly sank a 15-footer to shut out the 12th gap.
“There isn’t any proper shot, however there are flawed misses,” she stated. “That creates that chance of actually powerful up-and-downs. A pair occasions I hit a very good shot and I received penalized for hitting a great shot, however I simply did not suppose far sufficient to not hit it there.”
Ciganda, a 30-year-old Spaniard, suffered by means of a prolonged bout of COVID-19 earlier this yr that left her quarantined in her Arizona condo for no less than a month. She stated no less than three exams over that span got here again constructive and he or she wanted no less than one other month and a half after her first detrimental to really begin to really feel fully wholesome. A two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Ciganda suffered from reminiscence points, fatigue and weight reduction throughout her ordeal.
“I am completely happy that I am enjoying once more and feeling fairly good once more,” she stated.
Nelly Korda, the No. 2-ranked participant on the planet, dropped out with a again damage after she shot a 71 within the opening spherical. ANA Inspiration winner Mirim Lee additionally withdrew due to an damage.
Su Oh, at 5 over on the time, had maybe the shot of the day on 16 when she lofted one out of the green-side bunker and sank the primary eagle of the event.