Kia Classic - R2

Park & Suwannapura tied for lead in California

March 28-31
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California
$1,800,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


World number one Sung-hyun Park fired a six-under par 66 on Friday to seize a share of the halfway lead alongside Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura at the LPGA Kia Classic.

South Korea’s Park teed off on 10 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California, and after two birdies in her first nine holes made a big move with four birdies in the space of five holes after the turn.

“Overall, I’m pretty happy with my play today, especially the bogey-free two days in a row,” said Park, a winner in Singapore last month. “The course is not easy actually. The fairways are pretty narrow and the greens are very soft and line is pretty hard to see for me.”

Suwannapura had three birdies on each side to also sign for a 66 and join Park on 10-under 134.


“Those greens are not that easy,” said Suwannapura, who is also bogey-free over the first two rounds. “Just play solid and hopefully keep making birdies.”

The leading duo were one stroke in front of overnight leader Chella Choi, who carded a 70, and fellow South Korean Inbee Park, who posted a 67.

Park has never missed the cut in all 10 Kia Classics dating back to the inaugural tournament in 2010, yet even the Hall of Famer, famous for her hot putter, found her patience been tested on Aviara’s Poa Annua greens. 

“This week my putter seems to be working a little bit better and [it’s been] really good actually,” said Park, who needed 28 putts in her lap around Aviara. “These greens are really tough to read and you have to be really patient. That’s what I try to do, and it has been working very well.”

“Overall I had some good results in San Diego/Carlsbad, so I’m really happy to be coming to California and playing,” said Park, whose best Kia Classic finishes are runner-up showings in 2010 and 2016. “It’s always really fun to play over here. Nice weather and such a nice atmosphere. I really enjoyed my time with my dog on the beach in off times, so, yeah, it’s been a thrill.”


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Sung Hyun Park (68-66)

Park’s second-round 66 is tied for her best round at the Kia Classic; she shot a 66 in the second round in 2016

Her 36-hole 134 is her best 36-hole score at the Kia Classic, besting the 137 she shot in 2016

She hit 12 of 14 greens and 16 of 18 fairways, with 28 putts

Park is in her third season on the LPGA Tour; she has six career victories, including major wins at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

This is Park’s fourth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she won the HSBC Women’s World Championship and finished T14 at last week’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup

She is competing in her fourth Kia Classic; she tied for fourth in 2016 and 2017 but missed the cut in 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 90 Thidapa Suwannapura (68-66)

Suwannapura’s second-round 66 is tied for the third-lowest round of her LPGA Tour career; she shot 64 twice, 65 once and this is her fifth career 66, most recently at the 2017 MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open

Her 36-hole 134 is tied for the second-lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she shot 133 at the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and 134 three previous times, including in her victory at the 2018 Marathon Classic

She hit 13 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens, with 26 putts

Suwannapura is in her eighth season on the LPGA Tour; she has one victory at the 2018 Marathon Classic and two other top-10 finishes

This is Suwannapura’s seventh event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is T17 at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and has yet to miss a single cut

She is competing in her seventh Kia Classic; her best finish is T26 in 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 8 Inbee Park (68-67)

Park’s second-round 67 is her next lowest round of the 2019 LPGA Tour season, she shot a 66 in the second round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

She hit 11 of 14 greens and 15 of 18 fairways

Park is in her 13th season on the LPGA Tour; she is a 19-time winner including seven majors—her last win was at the 2018 Bank of Hope Founders Cup

This is Park’s third event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is 14th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship

She is competing in her 10th Kia Classic; her best finish is second in 2010 and 2016, with two additional top-10s and four top-20 finishes

Rolex Rankings No. 78 Chella Choi (65-70)

Choi’s 36-hole 135 is her best 36-hole score at the Kia Classic, besting the 138 she shot in 2016

She hit 13 of 14 greens and 13 of 18 fairways, with 29 putts

Choi is in her 11th season on the LPGA Tour; she won the 2015 Marathon Classic presented by Owen Corning and O-I

This is Choi’s fifth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; her best finish is T34 at last week’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup

She is competing in her 10th Kia Classic; her best finish is fourth in 2014 and she has three other top-20 finishes

Quick Hits

Players in the top 20 represent 13 different countries (Thailand, Republic of Korea, Australia, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, China, USA, England, France, Japan, Northern Ireland, New Zealand)

Jodi Ewart Shadoff made a hole-in-one on the par-3 third from 114 yards with a pitching wedge; she is T34 at -2 

Yani Tseng withdrew before the second round citing back soreness


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Thidapa Suwannapura
-10
68
66
134
T1
Sung Hyun Park
-10
68
66
134
T3
Inbee Park
-9
68
67
135
T3
Chella Choi
-9
65
70
135
T5
Minjee Lee
-7
68
69
137
T5
Mariajo Uribe
-7
68
69
137
T7
Azahara Munoz
-6
70
68
138
T7
Gaby Lopez
-6
68
70
138
T9
Xiyu Lin
-5
71
68
139
T9
Stacy Lewis
-5
71
68
139
T9
Mel Reid
-5
70
69
139
T9
Celine Boutier
-5
69
70
139
T9
Nasa Hataoka
-5
69
70
139
T9
Eun-Hee Ji
-5
69
70
139
T9
Lindy Duncan
-5
68
71
139
T9
Stephanie Meadow
-5
67
72
139
T17
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
73
67
140
T17
Mi Hyang Lee
-4
71
69
140
T17
Lydia Ko
-4
71
69
140
T17
In Gee Chun
-4
70
70
140
T17
In-Kyung Kim
-4
70
70
140
T17
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
68
72
140
T23
Mirim Lee
-3
73
68
141
T23
Katherine Kirk
-3
72
69
141
T23
Peiyun Chien
-3
72
69
141
T23
Brittany Lang
-3
72
69
141
T23
Kristen Gillman
-3
71
70
141
T23
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
70
71
141
T23
Clariss Guce
-3
69
72
141
T23
Jing Yan
-3
68
73
141
T23
Sei Young Kim
-3
68
73
141
T23
Jin Young Ko
-3
68
73
141
T23
Morgan Pressel
-3
68
73
141
T34
Jane Park
-2
72
70
142
T34
Danielle Kang
-2
72
70
142
T34
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-2
72
70
142
T34
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
72
70
142
T34
Bronte Law
-2
72
70
142
T34
Jenny Shin
-2
71
71
142
T34
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
71
71
142
T34
Tiffany Chan
-2
70
72
142
T34
Hyo Joo Kim
-2
70
72
142
T34
Shanshan Feng
-2
70
72
142
T34
Ayako Uehara
-2
69
73
142
T34
Haru Nomura
-2
68
74
142
T46
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-1
76
67
143
T46
Kris Tamulis
-1
75
68
143
T46
Mi Jung Hur
-1
74
69
143
T46
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
73
70
143
T46
Dani Holmqvist
-1
72
71
143
T46
Amy Yang
-1
72
71
143
T46
Brittany Altomare
-1
72
71
143
T46
Sakura Yokomine
-1
72
71
143
T46
Yu Liu
-1
71
72
143
T46
Mo Martin
-1
69
74
143
T56
Mina Harigae
E
74
70
144
T56
Dori Carter
E
74
70
144
T56
Lexi Thompson
E
73
71
144
T56
Hannah Green
E
73
71
144
T56
Alison Lee
E
72
72
144
T56
Gerina Piller
E
72
72
144
T56
Christina Kim
E
72
72
144
T56
Lee-Anne Pace
E
71
73
144
T56
Lauren Stephenson
E
70
74
144
T56
Austin Ernst
E
69
75
144
T56
Ryann O’Toole
E
68
76
144
T56
Sarah Schmelzel
E
68
76
144
T68
Dana Finkelstein
1
78
67
145
T68
Jaye Marie Green
1
76
69
145
T68
Marissa Steen
1
75
70
145
T68
Cristie Kerr
1
74
71
145
T68
Anne van Dam
1
73
72
145
T68
Charlotte Thomas
1
73
72
145
T68
Caroline Masson
1
72
73
145
T68
Anna Nordqvist
1
72
73
145
T68
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
71
74
145
T68
Hee Young Park
1
70
75
145
T68
Haeji Kang
1
70
75
145
T79
Annie Park
2
75
71
146
T79
Lizette Salas
2
74
72
146
T79
Emma Talley
2
74
72
146
T79
Amy Olson
2
74
72
146
T79
Ashleigh Buhai
2
74
72
146
T79
Beatriz Recari
2
74
72
146
T79
Sandra Gal
2
73
73
146
T79
Kendall Dye
2
73
73
146
T79
Alana Uriell
2
73
73
146
T79
Brianna Do
2
73
73
146
T79
Jacqui Concolino
2
72
74
146
T79
Daniela Darquea
2
72
74
146
T79
Catriona Matthew
2
72
74
146
T79
Pornanong Phatlum
2
70
76
146
T79
Brooke M. Henderson
2
69
77
146
T94
Lindsey Weaver
3
76
71
147
T94
Dottie Ardina
3
75
72
147
T94
Marina Alex
3
74
73
147
T94
Lauren Kim
3
73
74
147
T94
So Yeon Ryu
3
73
74
147
T94
Wichanee Meechai
3
72
75
147
T94
Ally McDonald
3
72
75
147
T94
Linnea Strom
3
70
77
147
T94
Megan Khang
3
70
77
147
T103
Elizabeth Szokol
4
77
71
148
T103
Jeong Eun Lee
4
76
72
148
T103
Mariel Galdiano (a)
4
75
73
148
T103
Pavarisa Yoktuan
4
75
73
148
T103
Klara Spilkova
4
73
75
148
T103
Benyapa Niphatsophon
4
70
78
148
T109
Isi Gabsa
5
81
68
149
T109
Ji Hyun Oh
5
78
71
149
T109
Maria Torres
5
76
73
149
T109
Joanna Klatten
5
76
73
149
T109
Karine Icher
5
76
73
149
T109
Becca Huffer
5
75
74
149
T109
Jaclyn Lee
5
75
74
149
T109
Brittany Marchand
5
75
74
149
T117
Jackie Stoelting
6
78
72
150
T117
Celine Herbin
6
78
72
150
T117
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
6
77
73
150
T117
Angela Stanford
6
76
74
150
T117
Lilia Vu
6
75
75
150
T117
Gemma Dryburgh
6
74
76
150
T117
Mariah Stackhouse
6
74
76
150
T117
Juli Inkster
6
72
78
150
T125
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
7
77
74
151
T125
Katherine Perry
7
77
74
151
T125
Jennifer Song
7
76
75
151
T125
Ruixin Liu
7
76
75
151
T125
Tiffany Joh
7
76
75
151
T125
Carlota Ciganda
7
73
78
151
T131
Youngin Chun
8
77
75
152
T131
Madelene Sagstrom
8
75
77
152
T131
Kim Kaufman
8
75
77
152
T131
Alena Sharp
8
75
77
152
T131
Jenny Haglund
8
74
78
152
T131
Na Yeon Choi
8
73
79
152
137
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
9
81
72
153
T138
Laura Davies
10
78
76
154
T138
Su Oh
10
76
78
154
T140
Aditi Ashok
11
79
76
155
T140
Brittany Lincicome
11
77
78
155
142
Sarah Jane Smith
15
81
78
159
WD
Yani Tseng
77
WD
Maddie McCrary
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