Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions R2

Danielle Kang takes 2-shot lead

January 21-24
Four Season Golf & Sports Club, Orlando, Florida
$1,200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Danielle Kang shot a 6-under 65 in Friday’s second round and built a two-stroke lead over Nelly Korda. Kang, who won twice in 2020 and led the Tour in scoring average, birdied the opening par-4 first to start her second consecutive bogey-free round, the only player in the LPGA Tour field yet to card a bogey.


“Like yesterday, I had a lot of fun out there today and made some good birdies,” said Kang, who played alongside MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz and Grammy Award nominee Cole Swindell. “This golf course is kind of sneaky tough at the same time, so I just can’t lose focus on certain shots. Three-putts are out there, too, which is scary. But I’m having a lot of fun.”

“Short game is something that I’ve been really focusing on, and iron game. This golf course, you have to put it in specific spots. I’m just trying to play smart. I’ve been here for three years now. I think I know where to capitalize and don’t. I just got to stay extra focused.”


Following the 2020 CME Group Tour Championship, Korda returned to her old coach David Whelan and feels very “dialed in” with her ball striking. She missed just one fairway and one green in her second-round 5-under 66. Korda is looking for her first win since the 2019 Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA and her first victory on home soil.

“I was striking the ball really well today and I gave myself a lot of chances, and I converted a couple here and there. I made one kind of stupid bogey, a three-putt. Other than that, I hit it really solid.”


Defending champion Gaby Lopez and two-time major champion In Gee Chun are tied for third at -9, with Korda’s older sister Jessica Korda rounding out the top five at -8.

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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Danielle Kang
-13
64
65
129
2
Nelly Korda
-11
65
66
131
T3
In Gee Chun
-9
68
65
133
T3
Gaby Lopez
-9
65
68
133
5
Jessica Korda
-8
65
69
134
6
Cheyenne Knight
-7
69
66
135
T7
Brooke M. Henderson
-6
67
69
136
T7
Angela Stanford
-6
67
69
136
T7
Lexi Thompson
-6
67
69
136
T10
Stacy Lewis
-5
66
71
137
T10
Sophia Popov
-5
68
69
137
T12
Celine Boutier
-3
69
70
139
T12
Austin Ernst
-3
69
70
139
T14
Georgia Hall
-2
70
70
140
T14
Brittany Lincicome
-2
66
74
140
T14
Annie Park
-2
69
71
140
T14
Hee Young Park
-2
71
69
140
T14
Mel Reid
-2
70
70
140
T14
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
72
68
140
T20
Ally Ewing
E
70
72
142
T20
Mi Jung Hur
E
71
71
142
T20
Pernilla Lindberg
E
70
72
142
T20
Madelene Sagstrom
E
73
69
142
24
Bronte Law
1
73
70
143
25
Cydney Clanton
2
75
69
144
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