KPMG Women’s PGA Championship R1

Hannah Green takes opening lead in third LPGA major

June 20-23
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
$3,850,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

22-year-old Hannah Green, a second-year Tour member from Australia, has taken the lead in the opening round of the year’s third LPGA major with a four-under-par 68.


Her best finish in a major so far was T16 at last year’s ANA Inspiration. She came in bogey-free on Thursday in spite of the weather.

“That was difficult,” she said. “I only brought one jacket and I was freezing cold. My caddy and I both really weren’t prepared for the rain. Luckily there was a staff member from the course coming out with towels, otherwise I don’t know if I would have been able to keep hold of the club.”


Hyo Joo Kim cruised at Hazeltine

Hyo Joo Kim birdied three of Hazeltine’s four par-5s to post a 3-under 69 and is a shot behind Hannah Green. Although she missed the cut in the U.S. Women’s Open last month, Kim’s play was largely in tune with her performance this year. Kim has fashioned three top-10 finishes this year in seven starts, with her best finish being a T-5 in the HSBC Women’s World Championship in February.

Kim, who hit 12 of 14 fairways and scrambled well (5 of 6) in her opening round, has major championship pedigree, as she won the 2014 Evian Championship at the age of 19 in just her third LPGA event (she was a non-member at the time). Her best finish in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship came in 2015 at Sahalee, when she finished in a tie for 9th.


Strong Reid on Hazeltine

Mel Reid carded a first-round 3-under 69, her best round in a major championship since the third round of the 2017 AIG Women’s British Open (also a 69). A current position of T-2 is the best of her career following any round of a major. Her previous low post-round position in a major came following the first round of the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open (T-4).

Reid’s best major finish came in 2015 in the AIG Women’s British Open (T-9), while her lowest finish in a KPMG Women’s PGA Championship occurred last year at Kemper Lakes (T-60).


Defense is on for the defending Champ

2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Sung Hyun Park is off to a strong start, posting a 2-under 70 and is tied for fourth. Park is seeking to become the sixth player to repeat as champion in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Ariya pulls driver… twice (!), then closes strong

Ariya Jutanugarn was plodding along Thursday, one-over par, with four holes to play. To that point, she’d only hit 5 of 11 fairways. She was grappling with Hazeltine’s length to the point she twice called for her rarely used driver. The result was a bogey on the par-5 11th hole and a birdie on 15, also a par-5.

From there, Jutanugarn hit her final three fairways, got up and down out of the rough for par on the par-3 eighth hole (she began her round on No. 10) and added three birdies to her suddenly attractive scorecard. Jutanugarn’s 2-under 70 Thursday was her best opening round in relation to par in what are now five career starts in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.


Lydia’s lovely lift lifter

Thursday’s 71 was Lydia Ko’s best first round since late April, when she carded an opening 70 in the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open. Ko is searching for her third career major championship victory this week at Hazeltine, her first since winning the 2016 ANA Inspiration. Her best finish during her major championship drought, which reached 15 starts at the recently completed U.S. Women’s Open, came at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, when she finished runner-up to Brooke Henderson following a one-hole playoff at Sahalee.

Ryu in the mix (again)

One year after finishing in a tie for second place in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, So Yeon Ryu is tied for 10th after 18 holes. Ryu posted a 1-under 71, highlighted by birdies at Nos. 6 and 15. She bogeyed the par-4 12th.

Ryu, along with Nasa Hataoka (T-94), lost to Sung Hyun Park in a three-way playoff at Kemper Lakes in 2018. She owns two major championship titles (2017 U.S. Women’s Open and 2011 ANA Inspiration) and 18 top-10 finishes in majors. Ryu finished tied for runner-up in the most recent major, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.

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Championship test

Through 18 holes of play, only 16 players currently sit under par, marking the second fewest through the first round since 2015. Only Sahalee Country Club (nine) produced less under-par scores after one loop. Westchester Country Club (2015 – 60), Olympia Fields Country Club (2017 – 37) and Kemper Lakes Golf Club (2018 – 50) proved to provide more scoring opportunities early on.

Rain total

Rain played a factor most of the first round. Hazeltine National accumulated 0.4 inches of rain on Thursday.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Hannah Green
-4
68
T2
Mel Reid
-3
69
T2
Hyo Joo Kim
-3
69
T4
Amy Yang
-2
70
T4
Sung Hyun Park
-2
70
T4
In-Kyung Kim
-2
70
T4
Xiyu Lin
-2
70
T4
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
70
T4
Annie Park
-2
70
T10
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
71
T10
Carlota Ciganda
-1
71
T10
Chella Choi
-1
71
T10
So Yeon Ryu
-1
71
T10
Lydia Ko
-1
71
T10
Mirim Lee
-1
71
T10
Angel Yin
-1
71
T17
Caroline Hedwall
E
72
T17
Nelly Korda
E
72
T17
Lauren Stephenson
E
72
T17
Lizette Salas
E
72
T17
Wichanee Meechai
E
72
T17
Caroline Masson
E
72
T17
Inbee Park
E
72
T17
Lexi Thompson
E
72
T17
Pernilla Lindberg
E
72
T17
Pornanong Phatlum
E
72
T17
Shanshan Feng
E
72
T17
Jenny Shin
E
72
T17
Haeji Kang
E
72
T17
Yu Liu
E
72
T17
Kendall Dye
E
72
T32
Jimin Kang (CP)
1
73
T32
Celine Boutier
1
73
T32
Brittany Lang
1
73
T32
Azahara Munoz
1
73
T32
Ashleigh Buhai
1
73
T32
Tiffany Chan
1
73
T32
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
T32
Maria Fassi
1
73
T32
Jeongeun Lee6
1
73
T32
Sei Young Kim
1
73
T32
Dana Finkelstein
1
73
T32
Nuria Iturrioz
1
73
T32
Tiffany Joh
1
73
T32
Pavarisa Yoktuan
1
73
T46
Cheyenne Knight
2
74
T46
In Gee Chun
2
74
T46
Peiyun Chien
2
74
T46
Jennifer Song
2
74
T46
Angela Stanford
2
74
T46
Megan Khang
2
74
T46
Sandra Gal
2
74
T46
Kris Tamulis
2
74
T46
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
74
T46
Jessica Korda
2
74
T46
Minjee Lee
2
74
T46
Mi Hyang Lee
2
74
T46
Eun-Hee Ji
2
74
T46
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
74
T46
Kristen Gillman
2
74
T46
Su Oh
2
74
T62
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
3
75
T62
Marissa Steen
3
75
T62
Danielle Kang
3
75
T62
Karine Icher
3
75
T62
Mariajo Uribe
3
75
T62
Sarah Schmelzel
3
75
T62
Jaye Marie Green
3
75
T62
Stephanie Meadow
3
75
T62
Sakura Yokomine
3
75
T62
Daniela Darquea
3
75
T62
Lee-Anne Pace
3
75
T62
Luna Sobron
3
75
T62
Gemma Dryburgh
3
75
T62
Jeong Eun Lee
3
75
T62
Jasmine Suwannapura
3
75
T62
Austin Ernst
3
75
T62
Charley Hull
3
75
T62
Catriona Matthew
3
75
T62
Ally McDonald
3
75
T62
Gaby Lopez
3
75
T82
Dottie Ardina
4
76
T82
Na Yeon Choi
4
76
T82
Brittany Altomare
4
76
T82
Anne van Dam
4
76
T82
Cristie Kerr
4
76
T82
Anna Nordqvist
4
76
T82
Georgia Hall
4
76
T82
Hee Young Park
4
76
T82
Dani Holmqvist
4
76
T82
Karen Chung
4
76
T82
Elizabeth Szokol
4
76
T82
Katherine Perry
4
76
T82
Madelene Sagstrom
4
76
T82
Brooke M. Henderson
4
76
T82
Nasa Hataoka
4
76
T82
Linnea Strom
4
76
T82
Marina Alex
4
76
T82
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
4
76
T82
Ryann O’Toole
4
76
T82
Mina Harigae
4
76
T102
Lee Lopez
5
77
T102
Aditi Ashok
5
77
T102
Jin Young Ko
5
77
T102
Nicole Broch Larsen
5
77
T102
Stacy Lewis
5
77
T102
Alena Sharp
5
77
T102
Morgan Pressel
5
77
T102
Klara Spilkova
5
77
T102
Emma Talley
5
77
T102
Jane Park
5
77
T102
Laetitia Beck
5
77
T102
Amy Olson
5
77
T102
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
5
77
T102
Clariss Guce
5
77
T116
Charlotte Thomas
6
78
T116
Mariah Stackhouse
6
78
T116
Leona Maguire
6
78
T116
Katherine Kirk
6
78
T116
Paula Creamer
6
78
T116
Sarah Burnham
6
78
T122
Suzuka Yamaguchi
7
79
T122
Jaclyn Lee
7
79
T122
Lindsey Weaver
7
79
T122
Karrie Webb
7
79
T122
Kim Kaufman
7
79
T122
Jing Yan
7
79
T122
Bronte Law
7
79
T122
Laura Davies
7
79
T122
Sarah Kemp
7
79
T122
Emily Kristine Pedersen
7
79
T122
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
7
79
T122
P.K. Kongkraphan
7
79
T122
Giulia Molinaro
7
79
T135
Jacqui Concolino
8
80
T135
Lindy Duncan
8
80
T135
Ayako Uehara
8
80
T135
Louise Ridderstrom
8
80
T135
Seul-Ki Park (CP)
8
80
T135
Alison Lee
8
80
T135
Brianna Do
8
80
T142
Isi Gabsa
9
81
T142
Joanna Coe (CP)
9
81
T142
Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth (CP)
9
81
T145
Nicole Jeray (CP)
10
82
T145
Christina Kim
10
82
T145
Ashley Grier (CP)
10
82
T148
Maria Torres
11
83
T148
Gerina Piller
11
83
T150
Jennifer Kupcho
12
84
T150
Michelle Wie
12
84
152
Brittany Kelly (CP)
13
85
153
Wendy Doolan (CP)
14
86
154
Alison Curdt (CP)
16
88
WD
Haru Nomura
WD
Mi Jung Hur