Honda LPGA Thailand - R2

Jenny Shin grabs lead with birdie on the last hole

February 21-24
Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand
$1,600,000

Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


South Korean golfer Jenny Shin snatched the lead at the LPGA Thailand with a birdie on the last hole of the second round at Siam Country Club Pattaya on Friday.


Shin bogeyed the sixth hole but sunk five birdies in the rest of the round, including the par-5 18th. Her round of 4-under 68 put her at 11 under overall and one shot ahead of the field.

Three players were tied for second: Lizette Salas of the United States (68), Minjee Lee of Australia (69), and first-round leader Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea (71).

Shin said she was feeling the heat and thought she could have played better.

“I wasn’t hydrated enough this morning and I could feel it by late afternoon,” she said. “I could have made a few more putts. I will try to make sure I’m hydrated more tomorrow.”

Lizette Salas is making her seventh Honda LPGA Thailand appearance this week and a strong one at that. Her offseason strength training is paying off in the high humidity and heat.

“I’m not a rookie anymore, I’m a vet, so it’s time to get serious,” Salas said. “I’ve found I can be more aggressive with the driving game and things are starting to pay off.”

“We went a little heavy on the weights with my trainer. Coming [to Thailand], you can definitely see the endurance and how you need to be focused both mentally and physically. With my score, you can see that,” said Salas making a steady charge with a bogey-free 4-under 68 for an overall -10 through 36 holes.

Salas moved three spots up the leaderboard on Friday from T5 to T2, narrowing the gap between herself and Round 2 leader Jenny Shin (-11). Salas will tee off with Shin and Australian Minjee Lee (-10) in the final group on No. 1 at 10:10 a.m. for Round 3. 


World No. 7 Minjee Lee maintained her T2 position on the leaderboard through 36 holes, posting a second-round 3-under 69 on Friday. Lee’s round consisted of five birdies and two bogeys, hitting nine of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens.

“I’m pretty sure I’m hitting it a little closer so I’ve got more looks at birdies,” said the 22-year-old Australian. “Yeah, a couple more putts are dropping and [I’m] getting a little bit more confidence.”

Lee’s best finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand is fourth place (2018), where she finished seven strokes behind defending champion Jessica Korda , who set the tournament scoring record of -25.

“I’m just going to play my game,” said Lee who is one stroke shy of the lead. “It’s so hot out here, I think you can only focus on your own game… I’m just going to go back and just hydrate and chill out.”

Moriya Jutanugarn set herself again as a strong local contender after her 68 lifted her into a share of ninth place with Carlota Ciganda of Spain, Katherine Kirk of Australia, and Ryann O’Toole of the U.S. They were four shots behind.

Moriya tied for second last year.

Her top-ranked sister Ariya dropped to 4 under after a par 72 including consecutive double bogeys.

Two of three-time LPGA Tour winner Amy Yang ‘s wins were made in Chonburi, Thailand at Siam C.C. in alternating years, 2015 and 2017. Also, her first LPGA Tour career was in 2013 at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. After hitting a hot streak during the second round on Friday, Yang is in prime position to make another bid for a win at the 2019 Honda LPGA Thailand. 

“You know, I think I putted really good. I mean, I made some couple mistakes out there, you know, two-, three-putted, and missed short eagle putt here, but I was putting really good overall, hitting it solid. Just felt comfortable out there,” said Yang after carding one of the day’s low round of 66.

When asked of her 2019 goals, Yang revealed her desire to win in this odd-numbered year, not once but twice.

“You know what? Actually, I have never had more than one win in a year. I want to break that record this year.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Jenny Shin
-11
65
68
133
T2
Lizette Salas
-10
66
68
134
T2
Minjee Lee
-10
65
69
134
T2
Eun-Hee Ji
-10
63
71
134
T5
Austin Ernst
-9
69
66
135
T5
Amy Yang
-9
69
66
135
T5
Amy Olson
-9
68
67
135
8
Danielle Kang
-8
65
71
136
T9
Carlota Ciganda
-7
70
67
137
T9
Ryann O’Toole
-7
69
68
137
T9
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
69
68
137
T9
Katherine Kirk
-7
66
71
137
T13
Georgia Hall
-6
72
66
138
T13
Nelly Korda
-6
69
69
138
T13
Yu Liu
-6
68
70
138
T16
Megan Khang
-5
70
69
139
T16
Ayako Uehara
-5
68
71
139
T16
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
66
73
139
T19
Lydia Ko
-4
73
67
140
T19
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
70
70
140
T19
Jacqui Concolino
-4
69
71
140
T19
Charley Hull
-4
69
71
140
T19
Bronte Law
-4
68
72
140
T19
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
68
72
140
T19
Michelle Wie
-4
68
72
140
T26
Muni He
-3
71
70
141
T26
Ally McDonald
-3
69
72
141
T26
Sung Hyun Park
-3
69
72
141
T26
Mo Martin
-3
67
74
141
T26
Jennifer Song
-3
66
75
141
T31
Cristie Kerr
-2
75
67
142
T31
Shanshan Feng
-2
71
71
142
T31
Sei Young Kim
-2
71
71
142
T31
Angel Yin
-2
70
72
142
T31
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
70
72
142
T31
Sandra Gal
-2
69
73
142
T31
In Gee Chun
-2
69
73
142
T31
Lindy Duncan
-2
69
73
142
T39
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-1
72
71
143
T39
Celine Boutier
-1
72
71
143
T39
Chella Choi
-1
71
72
143
T39
Gaby Lopez
-1
71
72
143
T43
Pernilla Lindberg
E
73
71
144
T43
Azahara Munoz
E
73
71
144
T43
Pornanong Phatlum
E
71
73
144
T43
Mi Hyang Lee
E
71
73
144
T43
Brittany Altomare
E
69
75
144
T48
So Yeon Ryu
1
74
71
145
T48
Lexi Thompson
1
74
71
145
T48
Jin Young Ko
1
72
73
145
T48
Thidapa Suwannapura
1
72
73
145
T48
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
1
70
75
145
T48
Marina Alex
1
69
76
145
T53
Annie Park
2
74
72
146
T53
Jeong Eun Lee
2
73
73
146
T53
Anna Nordqvist
2
73
73
146
T57
Beatriz Recari
3
74
73
147
T57
Nasa Hataoka
3
73
74
147
T57
Paula Creamer
3
72
75
147
T57
Angela Stanford
3
72
75
147
T57
Caroline Masson
3
71
76
147
T62
Wei-Ling Hsu
4
76
72
148
T62
Sarah Jane Smith
4
74
74
148
T62
Su Oh
4
73
75
148
T62
Suzuka Yamaguchi
4
73
75
148
T62
Hina Arakaki
4
71
77
148
T67
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
77
72
149
T67
Emma Talley
5
74
75
149
69
Benyapa Niphatsophon
6
75
75
150
70
Ribka Vania (a)
11
74
81
155
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