CME Group Tour Championship R2

Jin Young Ko takes 1-shot lead in Florida

December 17-20
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$3,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




World number 1 Jin Young Ko shot a 5-under 67 on Friday in cold and windy conditions to take the lead of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club.


She is playing in her fourth event after spending most of the year in South Korea.

“Before when I play in KLPGA it was really cold, so I hate cold weather to play golf, but right now I love it.”



Ko, who tied for second place in last week’s U.S. Women’s Open, fired five birdies in a bogey-free round.

“I want bogey-free round next two days,” said Ko. “I’m looking forward to the weekend.”


One stroke behind Ko at 8-under are defending champion and World number 2 Sei Young Kim and Lexi Thompson, the 2018 winner and leader after the first round.

“Feel very solid in the morning because we got the strong wind,” said Kim. “My shot really solid. I’m very looking forward this weekend. Really exciting to chase the world ranking No. 1.”



Thompson followed up her opening 65 with a 71 in a round that comprised three birdies and two bogeys.

“It was different conditions today of course with the cooler weather in the morning,” said Thompson. “I would say overall it was a lot breezier throughout the day. Wasn’t as good as yesterday of course, but overall happy and going to take the positives into the next two days.”



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Lydia Ko shot the low round of the day with a bogey-free 65 to tie for eleventh place at 5-under.

“I was a lot more on the fairways and I was off to a much better start,” said Ko. “Yesterday I was 4-over through seven. At that point you are just trying to get birdies to have a comeback.

“I was able to do that somewhat. But I got off to a good start (today). You know, having lots of birdie opportunities was really key. Even though it was getting a little breezy at the start of the day, I set up a lot of good chances for birdies, so that makes it a lot less stressful. Whereas if you’re trying to make up-and-downs, it wears you out pretty quick.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Jin Young Ko
-9
68
67
135
T2
Sei Young Kim
-8
67
69
136
T2
Lexi Thompson
-8
65
71
136
4
Hannah Green
-7
69
68
137
T5
Cydney Clanton
-6
70
68
138
T5
Austin Ernst
-6
69
69
138
T5
Georgia Hall
-6
69
69
138
T5
Megan Khang
-6
67
71
138
T5
Nelly Korda
-6
72
66
138
T5
Caroline Masson
-6
67
71
138
T11
Mina Harigae
-5
70
69
139
T11
Lydia Ko
-5
74
65
139
T13
Katherine Kirk
-4
72
68
140
T13
Anna Nordqvist
-4
68
72
140
T13
Sarah Schmelzel
-4
71
69
140
T16
Perrine Delacour
-3
70
71
141
T16
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
73
68
141
T16
Charley Hull
-3
72
69
141
T16
Minjee Lee
-3
68
73
141
T20
Celine Boutier
-2
71
71
142
T20
Carlota Ciganda
-2
68
74
142
T20
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
72
70
142
T20
Cristie Kerr
-2
68
74
142
T20
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
70
72
142
T20
Gaby Lopez
-2
71
71
142
T20
Yealimi Noh
-2
73
69
142
T20
Inbee Park
-2
71
71
142
T28
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
70
73
143
T28
Nasa Hataoka
-1
73
70
143
T28
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
70
73
143
T28
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
72
143
T28
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-1
66
77
143
T28
Andrea Lee
-1
71
72
143
T28
Xiyu Lin
-1
71
72
143
T28
Brittany Lincicome
-1
72
71
143
T28
Lizette Salas
-1
71
72
143
T37
Maria Fassi
E
68
76
144
T37
So Yeon Ryu
E
71
73
144
T37
Madelene Sagstrom
E
72
72
144
T37
Jennifer Song
E
74
70
144
T37
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
70
74
144
T42
Sarah Kemp
1
72
73
145
T42
Christina Kim
1
73
72
145
T42
Leona Maguire
1
73
72
145
T42
Jenny Shin
1
73
72
145
T42
Linnea Strom
1
74
71
145
T47
Brittany Altomare
2
73
73
146
T47
Ashleigh Buhai
2
69
77
146
T47
Danielle Kang
2
71
75
146
T47
Mirim Lee
2
73
73
146
T47
Stacy Lewis
2
71
75
146
T47
Stephanie Meadow
2
70
76
146
T47
Robynn Ree
2
74
72
146
T47
Emma Talley
2
72
74
146
T47
Kelly Tan
2
72
74
146
T47
Amy Yang
2
73
73
146
T57
In Gee Chun
3
73
74
147
T57
Mel Reid
3
74
73
147
T57
Angela Stanford
3
75
72
147
T60
Azahara Munoz
4
73
75
148
T60
Lindsey Weaver
4
74
74
148
T60
Anne van Dam
4
71
77
148
T63
Jessica Korda
5
75
74
149
T63
Hee Young Park
5
73
76
149
T63
Alena Sharp
5
73
76
149
66
Pernilla Lindberg
6
76
74
150
T67
Yu Liu
7
74
77
151
T67
Maria Torres
7
76
75
151
T69
Kristen Gillman
8
75
77
152
T69
Bianca Pagdanganan
8
73
79
152
71
Brittany Lang
10
76
78
154
72
Natalie Gulbis
11
77
78
155
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