KANG, KIM TIED AT 7-UN­DER 135

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, ILL.» Danielle Kang won back-to­back majors as an am­a­teur yet she’s never cracked the win­ner’s cir­cle in her half­dozen years as a pro.

The 24-year-old Cal­i­for­nian took a big step in the right di­rec­tion, grab­bing a share of the sec­ond-round lead in the morn­ing wave Fri­day at the KPMG Women’s PGA Cham­pi­onship. Her big­gest hur­dle could well be co-leader Sei Young Kim, the LPGA Tour’s 2015 rookie of the year and al­ready a six-time win­ner on tour.

Kang and Kim each shot 5-un­der-par 66 to reach 7-un­der 135.

First-round leader Amy Yang (71), Chella Choi (70), Brit­tany Lin­ci­come (66), Jodi Ewart Shad­off (66) and Mi Hyang Lee (67) were an­other stroke back.

So Yeon Ryu (68), who climbed to No. 1 in the world rank­ing after a vic­tory last week and won the LPGA Tour’s first ma­jor of the sea­son, was at 5 un­der, along with de­fend­ing cham­pion Brooke Hen­der­son (69), Moriya Ju­tanu­garn (68) and Sarah Jane Smith (67).

Ly­dia Ko shot 68 to put her­self back in con­tention at 4 un­der. Michelle Wie also was 4 un­der, fol­low­ing her open­ing 68 with a 70.

Kang, the U.S. Women’s Am­a­teur cham­pion in 2010-11, con­ceded she didn’t have a game plan after her last prac­tice round at Olympia Fields Coun­try Club, one of sev­eral venues that pre­vi­ously hosted men’s majors now be­ing tested by the women.

“I kind of was su­per­over­whelmed and didn’t know what to do,” she said. “So I called my brother, Alex, of course.”

Perry, Triplett tied.

PEABODY, MASS.» Kenny Perry’s three-stroke deficit after the first day of the U.S. Se­nior Open had turned to six by the time he teed off in the sec­ond round.

Two holes later, Perry had fallen be­hind leader Kirk Triplett by eight strokes.

“I guess I was too anx­ious, too amped up. I was think­ing, ‘Oh my good­ness, I’m not go­ing to break 80 to­day,’ ” he said after shoot­ing a 6-un­der 64 to tie Triplett for the lead at a record 11 un­der at once- fear­some, but sud­denly for­giv­ing, Salem Coun­try Club.

“I just started think­ing, I’ve got to fig­ure out a way to set­tle my­self down,” Perry said. “Most of the time you take off poorly, you stay in that funk. I just didn’t need to let two holes de­ter­mine the out­come of my tour­na­ment.”

Ling­merth still leads.

PO­TOMAC, MD.»

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