KPMG Women's PGA Championship R2

Sei Young Kim takes 1-shot lead heading into the weekend

October 08-11
Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
$4,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Sei Young Kim birdied five of her final six holes on Friday for a 6-under 29 on the front nine to take the lead of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a 5-under 65.


“When we entered the front nine, the wind kind of slowed down and it was kind of easier to attack with my irons.”

Her round tied Karrie Webb’s in 2001 and Sarah Kemp;s in 2011 for the lowest nine-hole score in the Women’s PGA Championship.



“The birdie on 14 was pretty good because it was a long birdie putt, and that’s when I started the four-birdie streak. So I think that really helped me with momentum and finishing strong.”

Kim has won ten times on Tour but has yet to win a major. She came second in the Women’s PGA Championship in 2015 and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018.


Jennifer Kupcho shot the round of the championship so far with her 5-under 65, hitting all 18 greens in regulation despite not feeling at ease with the course.

“Honestly, just not feeling comfortable with the golf course. I mean, I played each nine only once this week [in practice rounds], so just like – I didn’t feel like I knew what was going to happen.”

Kupcho scaled back her preparation for the event after her runner-up finish at the ShopRite LPGA Classic last week left her in need of rest.

“It takes a big toll being at the top of the leaderboard mentally, so I was just taking a break,” she said.



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“Going into last week, I was not prepared, like I felt completely unprepared. I felt the same way coming into this week. I didn’t feel like I was ready to come play this type of a golf course. I think not being prepared brings another challenge for me, and I think that’s what helps me play well.”

After a disappointing start when the Tour returned from the coronavirus break, she missed four cuts in five starts, she decided to change her caddie and return to her old college Ping i210 irons. Since then she has tied for 22nd at the ANA Inspitation and almost won last week.

Danielle Kang, the 2017 champion, Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist are tied with Kupcho in second place, one shot back from Kim.



Ciganda was quarantined at home in Arizona for several weeks earlier this year after testing positive for coronavirus several times, suffering memory issues, fatigue and weight loss; and needed several more weeks afterwards to feel completely healty.

“I’m happy that I’m playing again and feeling pretty good again,” she said.

World number 2 Nelly Korda withdrew from the tournament because of back pain. ANA Inspitation winner Mirim Lee also withdrew citing an unspecified injury.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sei Young Kim
-4
71
65
136
T2
Carlota Ciganda
-3
68
69
137
T2
Danielle Kang
-3
68
69
137
T2
Jennifer Kupcho
-3
72
65
137
T2
Anna Nordqvist
-3
69
68
137
T6
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
70
68
138
T6
Lydia Ko
-2
68
70
138
T6
Lauren Stephenson
-2
70
68
138
T6
Linnea Strom
-2
68
70
138
T6
Kelly Tan
-2
67
71
138
T11
In Gee Chun
-1
72
67
139
T11
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
72
67
139
T11
Brittany Lincicome
-1
67
72
139
T14
Brooke M. Henderson
E
71
69
140
T14
Moriya Jutanugarn
E
72
68
140
T14
Gaby Lopez
E
68
72
140
T14
Inbee Park
E
70
70
140
T14
Jennifer Song
E
72
68
140
T19
Nasa Hataoka
1
72
69
141
T19
Charley Hull
1
70
71
141
T19
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
1
72
69
141
T19
Amy Olson
1
71
70
141
T19
Amy Yang
1
69
72
141
T24
Jennifer Chang
2
75
67
142
T24
Cydney Clanton
2
68
74
142
T24
Jeong Eun Lee
2
70
72
142
T24
Mina Harigae
2
74
68
142
T24
Yui Kawamoto
2
72
70
142
T24
Leona Maguire
2
73
69
142
T24
Ally McDonald
2
71
71
142
T24
Yealimi Noh
2
74
68
142
T24
Bianca Pagdanganan
2
77
65
142
T24
Sung Hyun Park
2
71
71
142
T24
Robynn Ree
2
71
71
142
T24
Lexi Thompson
2
70
72
142
T36
Eun-Hee Ji
3
71
72
143
T36
Pornanong Phatlum
3
73
70
143
T36
Madelene Sagstrom
3
72
71
143
T39
Lindy Duncan
4
72
72
144
T39
Georgia Hall
4
70
74
144
T39
Jessica Korda
4
73
71
144
T39
Minjee Lee
4
73
71
144
T39
Mel Reid
4
74
70
144
T39
Alena Sharp
4
71
73
144
T39
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
70
74
144
T46
Celine Boutier
5
74
71
145
T46
Laura Davies
5
75
70
145
T46
Perrine Delacour
5
74
71
145
T46
Maria Fassi
5
73
72
145
T46
Isi Gabsa
5
70
75
145
T46
Hannah Green
5
79
66
145
T46
Ariya Jutanugarn
5
73
72
145
T46
Haeji Kang
5
73
72
145
T46
Cristie Kerr
5
71
74
145
T46
Cheyenne Knight
5
71
74
145
T46
Pernilla Lindberg
5
69
76
145
T46
Hee Young Park
5
76
69
145
T46
Hinako Shibuno
5
70
75
145
T46
Elizabeth Szokol
5
71
74
145
T46
Patty Tavatanakit
5
72
73
145
T46
Angel Yin
5
74
71
145
T62
Matilda Castren
6
69
77
146
T62
Chella Choi
6
75
71
146
T62
Austin Ernst
6
73
73
146
T62
Katherine Kirk
6
73
73
146
T62
Alison Lee
6
75
71
146
T62
Stacy Lewis
6
75
71
146
T62
Xiyu Lin
6
73
73
146
T62
Haru Nomura
6
74
72
146
T62
Sophia Popov
6
73
73
146
T62
Sarah Schmelzel
6
70
76
146
T62
Jenny Shin
6
70
76
146
T62
Mariah Stackhouse
6
72
74
146
T62
Angela Stanford
6
73
73
146
T62
Anne van Dam
6
73
73
146
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
7
70
77
147
CUT
Sandra Gal
7
74
73
147
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
7
71
76
147
CUT
Megan Khang
7
74
73
147
CUT
Brittany Lang
7
74
73
147
CUT
Caroline Masson
7
73
74
147
CUT
Stephanie Meadow
7
78
69
147
CUT
Haley Moore
7
75
72
147
CUT
Gerina Piller
7
71
76
147
CUT
Lizette Salas
7
73
74
147
CUT
Klara Spilkova
7
74
73
147
CUT
Nicole Broch Larsen
8
77
71
148
CUT
Maria Fernanda Torres
8
74
74
148
CUT
Jillian Hollis
8
76
72
148
CUT
Caroline Inglis
8
77
71
148
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
8
76
72
148
CUT
Su Oh
8
73
75
148
CUT
Peiyun Chien
9
75
74
149
CUT
Stephanie Connelly Eiswerth
9
78
71
149
CUT
Esther Henseleit
9
76
73
149
CUT
Sarah Kemp
9
77
72
149
CUT
Esther Lee
9
75
74
149
CUT
Yu Liu
9
73
76
149
CUT
Emma Talley
9
75
74
149
CUT
Albane Valenzuela
9
75
74
149
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
9
76
73
149
CUT
Kristen Gillman
10
74
76
150
CUT
Christina Kim
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kristy McPherson
10
77
73
150
CUT
Annie Park
10
72
78
150
CUT
Jing Yan
10
75
75
150
CUT
Brittany Altomare
11
76
75
151
CUT
Alison Curdt
11
75
76
151
CUT
Kendall Dye
11
77
74
151
CUT
Julia Engstrom
11
75
76
151
CUT
Azahara Munoz
11
74
77
151
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
11
76
75
151
CUT
Morgan Pressel
11
72
79
151
CUT
Sarah Burnham
12
76
76
152
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
12
76
76
152
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
12
72
80
152
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
12
74
78
152
CUT
Dottie Ardina
13
76
77
153
CUT
Kim Kaufman
13
78
75
153
CUT
Bronte Law
13
75
78
153
CUT
Tiffany Joh
14
75
79
154
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
14
78
76
154
CUT
Andrea Lee
16
78
78
156
CUT
Jordan Lintz
16
83
73
156
CUT
Joanna Coe
19
79
80
159
CUT
Samantha Morrell
19
82
77
159
CUT
Seul-Ki Hawley
20
80
80
160
CUT
Jennifer Borocz
21
80
81
161
CUT
Ellen Ceresko
21
82
79
161
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
21
81
80
161
WD
Nelly Korda
1
71
71
WD
Mirim Lee
7
77
77