BMW Ladies Championship R2

Kang tops leaderboard in Korea

October 24-27
LPGA International Busan, Busan, Korea
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Danielle Kang is back in a familiar spot – atop an LPGA Tour leaderboard. After winning last week’s Buick LPGA Shanghai, Kang carded back-to-back rounds of 5-under 67 and leads the BMW Ladies Championship at -10.


After going bogey-free on Thursday, Friday’s round at LPGA International Busan was a bit more eventful for the 27-year-old American. She carded seven birdies to two bogeys in her second round, but still finds herself one stroke ahead of KLPGA players Hee Won Na and Seung Yeon Lee, tied for second at -9.

“I’m hitting it well. Hitting it straight. Chipping well. Putting well,” said Kang, who grew up in California but spent several years living in Busan as a child due to her father’s job. “So honestly, I’m really not paying attention to other people. I think that’s one of the things that I’ve gotten better at. I have not looked at the leaderboard once. I know that people already know that I’m a leaderboard watcher, but I really am caring less what people are doing in my group, what they are shooting. So I’m just worried about my own game and sticking to my own game plan, but it’s hard to do.”

First-round leader Minjee Lee shot a 2-under 70 on Friday and heads into the weekend tied for fourth at -8. She is joined by Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko and KLPGA players Ha Na Jang, a former LPGA Tour player, and Somi Lee.

“(Danielle) is a great player, so I have to make birdies, but the course is not easy,” said Ko of what she has to do this weekend. “So try to be straight on tee shots and on the green and make putts.”


Jang enjoying LPGA return

Ha Na Jang spent 2½ years on the LPGA Tour, earning four wins in 2016 and 2017 before deciding in May 2017 to return to her native South Korea to be closer to her parents. Another 2½ years later and while Jang does not regret that decision to come home, she is truly enjoying the opportunity this week to reconnect with her LPGA Tour friends.

“The LPGA event held here during this time of year is an annual event,” said Jang. “It’s an event I’m honored to take part in and cannot miss. So it feels more like a festival rather than a competition so I really try to have fun.”

Jang has been hobbled over the last few weeks with a stress hairline fracture in her foot. She battled through the injury to win the Hana Financial Group Championship three weeks ago. But the next week, she withdrew from the Hite Jinro Championship and also sat out the following week’s KB Financial Group Star Championship, both KLPGA majors. The rest clearly did its work, as Jang sits tied for fourth at -8 heading into the weekend at the BMW Ladies Championship.

“The doctors actually recommended that I skip the remaining events. So I’ve been very careful, not practicing as much,” said Jang. “But I did walk for the pro-am event and practice rounds so it is a bit tired but I am being careful refraining from practicing after my rounds. The pain has definitely gotten better compared to (the Hite Jinro Championship).”

First career hole-in-one and new car for Gillman

2019 LPGA Tour rookie Kristen Gillman picked a great place to have her first career hole-in-one. She aced the par-3 13th hole, from 180 yards and using a 4-hybrid. Off the tee, Gillman and her caddie John Killeen thought the ball got caught in the wind. But when she heard the crowd reaction, she knew the ball had gone in the hole.


“It was nice to finally have my first hole-in-one because it’s kind of been a running joke between me and my friends that I’ve holed out a lot of shots on par 4s and par 5s but never on a par 3,” Gillman joked after her round.

To add to the celebration, Gillman won a BMW 7 Series sedan, an upgrade from the Toyota Camry she currently drives around Austin, Texas.

“I didn’t even look at the car because I didn’t even know I made a hole-in-one,” said Gillman, who heads to the weekend tied for 30th at -3 after her second-round 71. “When I asked my caddie he said, “It’s the nicest one. That’s the one you want.’”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Danielle Kang
-10
67
67
134
T2
Hee Won Na
-9
68
67
135
T2
Seung Yeon Lee
-9
67
68
135
T4
Ha Na Jang
-8
69
67
136
T4
Somi Lee
-8
68
68
136
T4
Jin Young Ko
-8
67
69
136
T4
Minjee Lee
-8
66
70
136
T8
Ye Jin Kim
-7
71
66
137
T8
Yu Liu
-7
68
69
137
T10
Hyun Kyung Park
-6
70
68
138
T10
Amy Yang
-6
69
69
138
T10
HeeJeong Lim
-6
68
70
138
T10
Su Oh
-6
68
70
138
T14
So Young Lee
-5
72
67
139
T14
Caroline Masson
-5
71
68
139
T14
In Gee Chun
-5
70
69
139
T14
Jing Yan
-5
70
69
139
T14
Mi Jung Hur
-5
70
69
139
T14
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-5
70
69
139
T14
Min Sun5 Kim
-5
69
70
139
T14
Nelly Korda
-5
69
70
139
T14
So Yeon Ryu
-5
69
70
139
T14
Sei Young Kim
-5
68
71
139
T24
Bo Ah Kim
-4
70
70
140
T24
Ye Rim Choi
-4
70
70
140
T24
Lydia Ko
-4
69
71
140
T24
Jung Min Lee
-4
69
71
140
T24
Marina Alex
-4
69
71
140
T24
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
67
73
140
T30
Char Young2 Kim
-3
74
67
141
T30
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
73
68
141
T30
Ji Hyun Kim
-3
73
68
141
T30
Jeongmin Cho
-3
72
69
141
T30
Ji Young Park
-3
71
70
141
T30
Alena Sharp
-3
71
70
141
T30
Kristen Gillman
-3
70
71
141
T37
Celine Boutier
-2
76
66
142
T37
Ayean Cho
-2
74
68
142
T37
Gayoung Lee
-2
73
69
142
T37
Ju Young Pak
-2
73
69
142
T37
Charley Hull
-2
73
69
142
T37
Mirim Lee
-2
72
70
142
T37
Gaby Lopez
-2
72
70
142
T37
Min Ji Park
-2
72
70
142
T37
Azahara Munoz
-2
70
72
142
T37
Hye-Jin Choi
-2
70
72
142
T37
In-Kyung Kim
-2
69
73
142
T37
Shanshan Feng
-2
68
74
142
T49
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
73
70
143
T49
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
72
71
143
T49
Sohye Park
-1
71
72
143
T52
Eun-Hee Ji
E
75
69
144
T52
So Yeon Park
E
73
71
144
T52
Jin Seon Han
E
73
71
144
T52
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
73
71
144
T52
Carlota Ciganda
E
72
72
144
T52
Hyo Joo Kim
E
71
73
144
T58
Jenny Shin
1
74
71
145
T58
Morgan Pressel
1
74
71
145
T58
Jennifer Kupcho
1
72
73
145
T58
Angel Yin
1
72
73
145
T58
Brittany Altomare
1
71
74
145
T58
A Lim Kim
1
71
74
145
T64
Ariya Jutanugarn
2
74
72
146
T64
Megan Khang
2
74
72
146
T64
Chella Choi
2
74
72
146
T64
Paula Creamer
2
74
72
146
T64
Jaye Marie Green
2
73
73
146
T64
Ji Yeong2 Kim
2
73
73
146
T64
Hannah Green
2
73
73
146
T64
Lizette Salas
2
71
75
146
T72
Ashleigh Buhai
3
76
71
147
T72
Eun Bin Lim
3
75
72
147
T72
Mi Hyang Lee
3
72
75
147
T72
Jessica Korda
3
71
76
147
T76
So Yi Kim
4
78
70
148
T76
Anna Nordqvist
4
75
73
148
T76
Song Yi Ahn
4
74
74
148
T76
Chae Yoon Park
4
73
75
148
T80
Gyo Rin Park
5
76
73
149
T80
Annie Park
5
75
74
149
T82
Wei-Ling Hsu
7
79
72
151
T82
Ally McDonald
7
75
76
151
WD
Da Yeon Lee
75
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