CME Group Tour Championship R2

Sei Young Kim holds on to 2-shot lead

November 21-24
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$5,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


After wasting two birdie chances at the CME Group Tour Championship on Friday, Sei Young Kim got a pep talk from Cristie Kerr, who was walking to the 18th tee in her role as a Golf Channel commentator.


“I just said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to make the birdie.’ Yeah, it come true,” Kim said.

Kim’s shot rolled toward the back pin and stopped within two feet of the hole, she tapped in for birdie and a 5-under 67 to hold on to her two shot lead.

Caroline Masson made a 40-foot birdie put on 18 for a 66 and will be joining Kim in the final group on Saturday.


Brooke Henderson made a poor start with a double bogey in her opening hole but closed with five birdies in her final seven holes to get back into contention three shots behind the leader with a 67.

“Great crowd, great energy out here,” Henderson said. “I’m excited to be playing the weekend near the top of the leaderboard, so it should be fun.”

World No.3 Nelly Korda also lies three shots back after firing a 31 and holding a one-shot lead at the turn.

A missed birdie put at the 16th put her one shot behind, then she missed a two foot putt.

“It’s not going to be the last putt I miss,” Korda said. “It’s just how it is.”

She hooked her shot at the 17th and came to rest under a tree where she had no choice and pitched it back to the fairway for a birdie chance that she missed to finish with a 68

Vare Trophy update

After the second round, Jin Young Ko has extended her lead for the lowest scoring average of the 2019 LPGA Tour season ahead of Hyo Joo Kim by 0.356. While Kim recorded a 1-under 71, Ko recorded another sub-par round with her second-round 3-under 69. Ko is ahead of Kim by four strokes and remains in good position to earn the Vare Trophy.

Player
Entering the Week
After Round 1
After Round 2
Difference
Jin Young Ko
69.052
69.077
69.076
Hyo Joo Kim
69.361
69.411
69.432
0.356

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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sei Young Kim
-12
65
67
132
2
Caroline Masson
-10
68
66
134
T3
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
68
67
135
T3
Nelly Korda
-9
67
68
135
5
Su Oh
-8
69
67
136
T6
Yu Liu
-7
71
66
137
T6
Jessica Korda
-7
70
67
137
T6
Lexi Thompson
-7
70
67
137
T9
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
73
65
138
T9
Nasa Hataoka
-6
70
68
138
T9
Mi Jung Hur
-6
70
68
138
T9
Marina Alex
-6
68
70
138
T9
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-6
68
70
138
T9
Georgia Hall
-6
67
71
138
T15
Jing Yan
-5
74
65
139
T15
Charley Hull
-5
72
67
139
T15
Jeongeun Lee6
-5
72
67
139
T15
Amy Yang
-5
71
68
139
T15
Bronte Law
-5
69
70
139
T15
Danielle Kang
-5
69
70
139
T15
Lizette Salas
-5
68
71
139
T15
So Yeon Ryu
-5
67
72
139
T23
Ally McDonald
-4
74
66
140
T23
Carlota Ciganda
-4
73
67
140
T23
Jin Young Ko
-4
71
69
140
T26
Katherine Kirk
-3
72
69
141
T26
Megan Khang
-3
70
71
141
T26
Brittany Altomare
-3
69
72
141
T29
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
76
66
142
T29
Cheyenne Knight
-2
71
71
142
T29
Amy Olson
-2
71
71
142
T29
Shanshan Feng
-2
71
71
142
T29
Alena Sharp
-2
71
71
142
T34
Lydia Ko
-1
73
70
143
T34
Morgan Pressel
-1
72
71
143
T34
Chella Choi
-1
69
74
143
T37
Hyo Joo Kim
E
73
71
144
T37
Jennifer Kupcho
E
72
72
144
T37
Azahara Munoz
E
71
73
144
T37
Sung Hyun Park
E
71
73
144
T37
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
69
75
144
T37
Jenny Shin
E
69
75
144
T43
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
73
72
145
T43
Inbee Park
1
72
73
145
T43
Minjee Lee
1
71
74
145
T46
Stacy Lewis
2
73
73
146
T46
Eun-Hee Ji
2
73
73
146
T46
Mirim Lee
2
73
73
146
T49
Hannah Green
3
76
71
147
T49
Kristen Gillman
3
75
72
147
T49
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
72
147
T49
Annie Park
3
74
73
147
T49
Angel Yin
3
74
73
147
T49
Gaby Lopez
3
74
73
147
T49
Anna Nordqvist
3
72
75
147
T56
Nicole Broch Larsen
4
75
73
148
T56
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
75
73
148
58
Celine Boutier
5
76
73
149
59
Ashleigh Buhai
6
71
79
150
60
Jaye Marie Green
7
76
75
151
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