Kim soars past Kerr with ea­gle, 68

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Sei Young Kim of South Korea ea­gled the 15th hole dur­ing a five-un­der-par 68 Fri­day to take a one-shot lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship, the sec­ond ma­jor of the sea­son.

Kim over­took Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb, who birdied the 18th for a 71. Twotime de­fend­ing cham­pion In­bee Park (68) joined Webb a stroke back at Har­ri­son, N.Y.

The 22-year-old Kim, a two-time win­ner this sea­son on the LPGA Tour, shot bo­gey-free golf to fin­ish at eight-un­der 138 at Westches- ter Coun­try Club.

Suzann Pet­tersen ral­lied with seven birdies for the best round of the day at 66 and tied Canadian teenager Brooke Hen­der­son (73) at six un­der.

Top-ranked Ly­dia Ko (76) missed the cut, which was two over, end­ing her streak of 53 con­sec­u­tive made cuts.

St. Jude Clas­sic

Brooks Koepka, who added the St. Jude Clas­sic to his sched­ule to tune up for the U.S. Open next week, shot a three-un­der 67 to take a one-shot lead af­ter 36 holes at Mem­phis, Tenn. He turned in a four-birdie, one bo­gey round for a nine- un­der 131 to­tal.

Fel­low Amer­i­can Austin Cook (64) was at 132. Steve Alker of New Zealand briefly had the lead at 10 un­der with two holes to play only to fin­ish bo­gey-dou­ble bo­gey for a 68 and trail by two.

Se­nior Play­ers

Bern­hard Langer shot his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive six­un­der 65 to ex­tend his lead to four shots half­way through the Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at Bel­mont, Mass.

Langer sank a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 16 in a round in which he hit 17 greens in reg­u­la­tion at Bel­mont Coun­try Club. He’s seek­ing to be­come the first re­peat win­ner of the ma­jor event since Arnold Palmer in 1984-85.

Russ Cochran also shot 65 and sat alone in sec­ond place. Steve Pate set a course record with a bo­geyfree 63 that left him in a three-way tie for third and six shots back, with Lee Janzen and Jes­per Parnevik.

Europe

In the Ly­oness Open in Atzenbrugg, Aus­tria, Gre­gory Bourdy of France took a four-shot lead af­ter two rounds on a day An­dre Pavlov of Rus­sia had a 17 on the par-five first hole.

The 1,598th-ranked Pavlov found the wa­ter six times on his way to a 90.

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