Kim leads, Ko misses cut at WPGA Cham­pi­onship

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South Korean Kim Sei-Young ea­gled the par-five 15th hole Fri­day en route to a five-un­der-par 68 and the half­way lead in the Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship, as world num­ber one Ly­dia Ko missed the cut.

Kim’s eight-un­der to­tal of 138 gave her a one-stroke lead over Aus­tralian hall of famer Kar­rie Webb and twotime de­fend­ing cham­pion Park In-Bee, also of South Korea.

Webb birdied the 18th hole to cap a 71 and was joined on 139 by Park, who had five birdies in her five-un­der 68.

Not only is Park try­ing to win a third straight ti­tle in the sec­ond women’s ma­jor of the year — for­merly known as the LPGA Cham­pi­onship — she’s closing in on the world num­ber one rank­ing of New Zealand teen Ko.

Ko strug­gled to a three-over 76 for a two-over to­tal of 148 and missed the cut for the first time in her pro ca­reer — end­ing her streak of 53 straight LPGA cuts made.

Ko, 18, played her sec­ond nine in four-over 40. She teed off on 10 and was one-un­der for the day af­ter two birdies and a bo­gey in her first nine holes.

But a dou­ble-bo­gey six at the sec­ond hole was fol­lowed by bo­geys at the third, fourth and sixth, and even a birdie at her penul­ti­mate hole left her one shot out­side the cut line.

“It was al­ready kind of too late,” said Ko, whose re­mark­able re­sume will re­main with­out a ma­jor ti­tle for a lit­tle longer at least. “I made a dou­ble and just couldn’t get any­thing turned around.”

Kim, mean­while, is ey­ing a first ma­jor to add to two ti­tles won this year, in the Ba­hamas and at the Lotte Cham­pi­onship.

“It’s very great, to­day I played very well, bo­gey-free,” said Kim, who started the day four shots be­hind overnight leader Jenny Shin and opened with a birdie.

She added an­other birdie at the par-five fifth, and moved within a shot of Webb atop the leader­board with a birdie at 11.

Kim, who held a three-shot lead af­ter 54 holes be­fore fad­ing to tie for fourth at the year’s first ma­jor, the ANA In­spi­ra­tion, took the out­right lead with her ea­gle at 15, fin­ish­ing off the round with three pars.

More Ag­gres­sive Park

Park also played with­out a bo­gey, nab­bing three birdies in her first six holes be­fore back to back birdies at six and seven be­fore she ended her round with pars at eight and nine.

“Yes­ter­day I played kind of con­ser­va­tive,” Park said. “It’s a ma­jor cham­pi­onship and there’s not go­ing to be many birdies.

“I ended up mak­ing a few mis­takes yes­ter­day, and look­ing at the scor­ing yes­ter­day and this morn­ing, the scor­ing was still good. So I thought I should play a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive and play for more birdies and seemed like it worked.”


Sei Young Kim, of South Korea, hits from the fair­way on the 12th hole dur­ing the sec­ond round of the KPMG Women’s PGA golf cham­pi­onship at Westch­ester Coun­try Club, New York on Fri­day, June 12.

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