Jin Hee Im & Atthaya Thitikul take 36-hole lead

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April 20, 2024
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Jin Hee Im from South Korea and Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul share the halfway lead at 8-under at The Chevron Championship after both shot 69-67 through the first two days  in Texas.

Heading into the second round, the two were tied in fifth place and three strokes out of Lauren Coughlin’s first-round lead before a bogey-free day from Im and a six-birdie, one-bogey round for Thitikul placed them on top of the leaderboard heading into Moving Day.

Im is making her first-ever start in a major championship this week in The Woodlands and is now holding her first-ever lead or co-lead on the LPGA Tour. The 25-year-old earned Tour status for the 2024 season after finishing T17 at LPGA Q-Series in December. But even though she is a rookie, the Korean player has plenty of experience winning professional golf tournaments. Im is a six-time winner on the KLPGA Tour, earning four of those wins just last season.

“Everything was good last year (on the KLPGA), and I know the courses prety well. I played there five years,” said Im on her success in 2023. When asked why she chose to enter Q-Series to test her skill on the LPGA Tour, she said, “In KLPGA they retire a litle bit earlier than --the players, they retire a litle bit earlier than the LPGA, so I tried to play more in here. I want the challenge (of) more big tour. That's why I tried LPGA.”

Thitikul  is making her first appearance of the season at The Chevron Championship, having recently recovered from a thumb injury that began a few weeks after the 2023 CME Group Tour Championship and was resolved just three weeks ago, according to Thitikul. Leaning on good memories from her T4 finish in last year’s playing of the major, Thitikul made up for lost time and made sure to appreciate the opportunity to compete on Tour.

“I think the rest now like is just a bonus for me. I mean, coming here this week I think making the cut is -- it's good enough because, you know, I wasn't be out here for so long,” she said. “Starting my season with major week is -- it's not that easy, so I think from now on it's just a bonus for me. Just go out there, staying positive, and then also being out there smiling and then just do my best.”

Four-time 2024 Tour winner Nelly Korda sits one stroke back at 7-under. She shot a second-round 69 on Friday and is one of just three players to post two rounds in 60s this week, along with the leaders.

Korda is coming off her third-straight LPGA Tour victory and fourth in consecutive starts on Tour. With a win this week, she would tie Annika Sörenstam’s and Nancy Lopez’s record for most wins in consecutive starts on the LPGA Tour. Although she is looking to add her name into the history books, Korda recognized there’s still a lot of golf left to play.

“I'm just at the halfway point right now. The amount of golf that I've played, I still have that to go,” said Korda when asked how she is handling the pressure of her historic run. “There is still a lot of golf left and anything can happen. Just going to stick to my process and ‘vibe with it,’ is what my coach says.”

Last season’s Rolex Rookie of the Year, Hae Ran Ryu, sits in solo fourth at 6-under. First-round leader Lauren Coughlin couldn’t find her opening-round rhythm but remains in the top-5 after firing a 1-over 73 on Friday. She shares the T5 spot with Sweden’s Maja Stark, Japan’s Minami Katsu, Korea’s Shinsil Bang, and Weiwei Zhang of the Republic of China.

Sponsor exemption and the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Open champion Lottie Woad sits in a tie for 10th with seven other players at 4-under.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2Total
T1Jin Hee Im-86967136
T1Atthaya Thitikul-86967136
3Nelly Korda-76869137
4Hae Ran Ryu-67266138
T5Shinsil Bang-57465139
T5Weiwei Zhang-57267139
T5Maja Stark-57069139
T5Minami Katsu-56871139
T5Lauren Coughlin-56673139
T10Andrea Lee-47169140
T10Yealimi Noh-47169140
T10Lottie Woad (a)-47169140
T10Anna Nordqvist-47070140
T10Jodi Ewart Shadoff-47070140
T10Lydia Ko-46971140
T10Xiyu Lin-46971140
T17Auston Kim-37269141
T17Stephanie Kyriacou-37269141
T17Lindy Duncan-37071141
T17Marina Alex-36873141
T21Carlota Ciganda-27567142
T21Gemma Dryburgh-27468142
T21Isabella Fierro-27270142
T21A Lim Kim-27270142
T21Brooke Henderson-27171142
T21Ayaka Furue-27171142
T21Nasa Hataoka-27171142
T21Chanettee Wannasaen-27171142
T21Gabriela Ruffels-26973142
T30Ally Ewing-17469143
T30Hee Young Park-17370143
T30Narin An-17370143
T30Amy Yang-17370143
T30Peiyun Chien-17370143
T30Brittany Lincicome-17271143
T30Allisen Corpuz-17271143
T30Stephanie Meadow-17172143
T30Kristen Gillman-17073143
T30Sarah Kemp-17073143
T30Georgia Hall-17073143
T41Paula RetoE7668144
T41Jasmine Koo (a)E7470144
T41Sei Young KimE7272144
T41Yuka SasoE7272144
T41Miyu YamashitaE7272144
T41Esther HenseleitE7272144
T41Mi Hyang LeeE7173144
T41Madelene SagstromE7173144
T49Hinako Shibuno17669145
T49Lindsey Weaver-Wright17570145
T49Xiaowen Yin17471145
T49Charley Hull17471145
T49Hye-Jin Choi17372145
T49Ryann O'Toole17273145
T49Caroline Masson17273145
T49Wei-Ling Hsu17273145
T49Jennifer Kupcho17273145
T49Jiyai Shin17273145
T49Caroline Inglis17174145
T60Linn Grant27571146
T60Aditi Ashok27571146
T60Moriya Jutanugarn27472146
T60Nanna Koerstz Madsen27472146
T60Mone Inami27472146
T60Ruoning Yin27472146
T60Yuna Nishimura27472146
T60Robyn Choi27373146
T60Cheyenne Knight27373146
T60Alexa Pano27274146
T60Karis Davidson27274146
T60Akie Iwai27175146
T60Olivia Cowan27175146
T60Jenny Shin27076
T74Perrine Delacour37770147
T74Jin Young Ko37671147
T74Megan Khang37671147
T74Albane Valenzuela37572147
T74Angela Stanford37473147
T74Stacy Lewis37473147
T74Matilda Castren37374147
T74Yan Liu37374147
T74Mao Saigo37374147
T74In Gee Chun37374147
T84Alison Lee47870148
T84Patty Tavatanakit47771148
T84Grace Kim47672148
T84Maria Fassi47573148
T84Celine Boutier47573148
T84Megan Schofill (a)47375148
T84Celine Borge47375148
T84Leona Maguire47276148
T92Hannah Green57772149
T92Azahara Munoz57673149
T92Savannah Grewal57673149
T92Pernilla Lindberg57574149
T92Eun-Hee Ji57574149
T92Lucy Li57574149
T92Gaby Lopez57475149
T92Rose Zhang57475149
T92Malia Nam57376149
T101Ela Anacona (a)67773150
T101Ariya Jutanugarn67674150
T101Isi Gabsa67674150
T101So Mi Lee67674150
T101Lizette Salas67674150
T101Sophia Popov67674150
T101Ruixin Liu67476150
T101Jeongeun Lee667278150
T101Yu Liu67278150
T110So Yeon Ryu77774151
T110Trichat Cheenglab77774151
T110Bailey Tardy77675151
T110Jasmine Suwannapura77675151
T110Sarah Schmelzel77576151
T110Elizabeth Szokol77576151
T110Minjee Lee77477151
T117Emily Kristine Pedersen87973152
T117Lexi Thompson87874152
T117Pajaree Anannarukarn87874152
T117Hyo Joo Kim87577152
T117Yu Jin Sung87280152
T122Ashleigh Buhai98370153
T122Polly Mack97578153
T122Danielle Kang97479153
125Yana Wilson (a)107579154
T126Hira Naveed117877155
T126Chun-wei Wu (a)117778155
128Yani Tseng127878156
129Bianca Pagdanganan138077157
130Linnea Strom158178159
131Jennifer Song188181162
W/DAngel Yin78
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Chevron Championship 2024

Date: April 18th - 21st 2024

Location: The Club at Carlton Woods, The Woodlands, Texas

Purse: $7.9 million

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