Kia Classic R2

Inbee Park takes 1-shot lead into the weekend

Kia Classic 2021 R2
March 25-28
Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California
$1,800,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


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Inbee Park followed a first-round 66 with a 3-under 69 on Friday to lead by one shot at 9-under in Carlsbad.


Kia Classic 2021 R2

“I think I will be warming up for probably the next couple of weeks,” said Park. “I haven’t played tournament golf in three months and after not touching the golf clubs that much, it’s different coming out here trying to contact the ball. It sometimes looks weird. I feel like I’m doing it very well [though].”

She pointed out her struggle with putting which she thinks will have a heavy impact on her game this weekend

“I hit good shots and it’s just weird on these greens because I hit the shots really close and I didn’t make the birdie putts, but I hit it to 15, 20 feet and I made those birdie putts,” said Park. “The holes I made today was pretty much 10- to 20-footers. Coming in, the last three holes I missed from probably inside 5, 6 feet. Really need patience.”


Kia Classic 2021 R2

Sophia Popov is 8-under at the halfway point. She and Park will be joined in Saturday’s final grouping by Mel Reid, in third place at 6-under following a bogey-free 70.

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“I’m obviously going to have to play well to get the job done over the weekend having a couple of major champions ahead of me,” said Reid. “Inbee, arguably one of the best golfers that has ever played our game. Good friends with Sophia. Should be a fun weekend, I’m looking forward to it.”

Hyo Joo Kim signed for an even-par 72 to stay at 5-under, while Wei-Ling Hsu managed a 3-under 69 after a rocky start.

In Gee Chun was disqualified following her round for failing to certify her scorecard. Failure to certify hole scores is a breach of Rule 3.3b(2), which states it is the player’s responsibility to certify their scores.


Kia Classic 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
1
Inbee Park
-9
66-69
135
2
Sophia Popov
-8
68-68
136
3
Mel Reid
-6
68-70
138
4
Hyo Joo Kim
-5
67-72
139
5
Wei-Ling Hsu
-4
71-69
140
T6
Minjee Lee
-3
72-69
141
T6
Gerina Piller
-3
71-70
141
T6
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
70-71
141
T6
Kristen Gillman
-3
70-71
141
T10
Jing Yan
-2
73-69
142
T10
Marina Alex
-2
73-69
142
T10
Mi Jung Hur
-2
71-71
142
T10
Jin Young Ko
-2
71-71
142
T10
Elizabeth Szokol
-2
71-71
142
T10
Azahara Munoz
-2
70-72
142
T10
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70-72
142
T17
Lizette Salas
-1
75-68
143
T17
Alena Sharp
-1
75-68
143
T17
Brooke M. Henderson
-1
73-70
143
T17
Stacy Lewis
-1
73-70
143
T17
Brittany Lincicome
-1
71-72
143
T17
Bronte Law
-1
71-72
143
T17
Mina Harigae
-1
69-74
143
T17
Stephanie Meadow
-1
68-75
143
T25
Cristie Kerr
E
76-68
144
T25
Nelly Korda
E
75-69
144
T25
Xiyu Lin
E
75-69
144
T25
Amy Olson
E
75-69
144
T25
Alana Uriell
E
74-70
144
T25
Brittany Lang
E
73-71
144
T25
Cheyenne Knight
E
72-72
144
T25
Lexi Thompson
E
72-72
144
T25
Jennifer Chang
E
72-72
144
T25
Liz Nagel
E
72-72
144
T25
Anna Nordqvist
E
71-73
144
T25
Danielle Kang
E
70-74
144
T37
Tiffany Chan
1
76-69
145
T37
Carlota Ciganda
1
76-69
145
T37
Lydia Ko
1
74-71
145
T37
Brittany Altomare
1
74-71
145
T37
Cydney Clanton
1
73-72
145
T37
Hannah Green
1
73-72
145
T37
Ayako Uehara
1
72-73
145
T37
Jenny Coleman
1
72-73
145
T37
Eun-Hee Ji
1
71-74
145
T37
Jenny Shin
1
71-74
145
T37
Christina Kim
1
70-75
145
T37
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
70-75
145
T37
Amy Yang
1
69-76
145
T50
Charley Hull
2
76-70
146
T50
Haley Moore
2
75-71
146
T50
Gaby Lopez
2
75-71
146
T50
Aditi Ashok
2
74-72
146
T50
Mi Hyang Lee
2
72-74
146
T50
Madelene Sagstrom
2
72-74
146
T50
Leona Maguire
2
72-74
146
T50
Yealimi Noh
2
72-74
146
T50
Annie Park
2
72-74
146
T59
Pajaree Anannarukarn
3
79-68
147
T59
Angel Yin
3
78-69
147
T59
Ryann O’Toole
3
76-71
147
T59
Jennifer Song
3
75-72
147
T59
Dana Finkelstein
3
75-72
147
T59
Mirim Lee
3
75-72
147
T59
So Yeon Ryu
3
74-73
147
T59
Pornanong Phatlum
3
74-73
147
T59
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
3
74-73
147
T59
Esther Lee
3
73-74
147
T59
Caroline Inglis
3
73-74
147
T59
Ssu-Chia Cheng
3
73-74
147
T59
Ariya Jutanugarn
3
73-74
147
T59
Ally Ewing
3
72-75
147
T59
Sarah Kemp
3
72-75
147
T59
Sarah Schmelzel
3
72-75
147
T59
Pernilla Lindberg
3
71-76
147
T59
Celine Boutier
3
70-77
147
Yu Liu
CUT
79-69
148
Robynn Ree
CUT
76-72
148
Jeongeun Lee6
CUT
75-73
148
Jennifer Kupcho
CUT
75-73
148
Perrine Delacour
CUT
74-74
148
Sung Hyun Park
CUT
74-74
148
Dani Holmqvist
CUT
73-75
148
Haru Nomura
CUT
73-75
148
Sei Young Kim
CUT
72-76
148
Mo Martin
CUT
77-72
149
Jaye Marie Green
CUT
77-72
149
Sandra Gal
CUT
76-73
149
Sarah Jane Smith
CUT
75-74
149
Caroline Masson
CUT
74-75
149
Katherine Perry-Hamski
CUT
74-75
149
Emma Talley
CUT
73-76
149
In Kyung Kim
CUT
73-76
149
Yujeong Son
CUT
72-77
149
Jiwon Jeon
CUT
72-77
149
Kelly Tan
CUT
79-71
150
Nasa Hataoka
CUT
79-71
150
Georgia Hall
CUT
78-72
150
A Lim Kim
CUT
78-72
150
Lauren Stephenson
CUT
78-72
150
Tiffany Joh
CUT
77-73
150
Lindsey Weaver
CUT
77-73
150
Sarah Burnham
CUT
76-74
150
Jackie Stoelting
CUT
76-74
150
Haeji Kang
CUT
76-74
150
Wichanee Meechai
CUT
75-75
150
Chella Choi
CUT
74-76
150
Moriya Jutanugarn
CUT
74-76
150
Maia Schechter
CUT
74-76
150
Maria Fernanda Torres
CUT
73-77
150
Giulia Molinaro
CUT
72-78
150
Jane Park
CUT
72-78
150
Patty Tavatanakit
CUT
71-79
150
Na Yeon Choi
CUT
77-74
151
Matilda Castren
CUT
76-75
151
Maria Fassi
CUT
76-75
151
Angela Stanford
CUT
75-76
151
Juli Inkster
CUT
74-77
151
Jeongeun Lee
CUT
79-73
152
Su Oh
CUT
78-74
152
Anne van Dam
CUT
77-75
152
Hee Young Park
CUT
77-75
152
Suzuka Yamaguchi
CUT
77-75
152
Morgan Pressel
CUT
76-76
152
Roberta Liti
CUT
74-78
152
Andrea Lee
CUT
74-78
152
Mariah Stackhouse
CUT
72-80
152
Lindy Duncan
CUT
79-74
153
Linnea Strom
CUT
77-76
153
Megan Khang
CUT
76-77
153
Daniela Darquea
CUT
76-77
153
Paula Reto #
CUT
78-76
154
Jaclyn Lee
CUT
76-78
154
Muni He
CUT
75-79
154
Albane Valenzuela
CUT
75-79
154
Katherine Kirk
CUT
82-73
155
Michelle Wie West
CUT
81-74
155
Lauren Kim
CUT
77-78
155
Mind Muangkhumsakul
CUT
78-78
156
Austin Ernst
CUT
79-78
157
Jillian Hollis
CUT
80-79
159
Min Seo Kwak
CUT
78-82
160
Yani Tseng
CUT
82-84
166
In Gee Chun
DQ
68
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