Lotte Championship - R2

Eun-Hee Ji takes lead in Hawaii

April 17-20
Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

This week is Eun-Hee Ji’s eighth start of the LOTTE Championship but today, the 32-year-old LPGA champion utilized her experience and confidence from her early season win at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America to navigate around Ko Olina on Wednesday. 


“Yeah, little more, little more wind, so I had to play for the wind on a couple holes,” said second-round leader Ji. “Some holes that makes a little bit easier because downwind and I got shorter clubs in, so that makes a little bit easier for me.”

Ji went out in 35, making two birdies and a bogey on the 18th but made the turn and started make a surge. She chipped in for eagle on the par-5 1st from 40 yards, followed up with a birdie on No. 2, No. 5, back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and 8 for the day’s low round of 65.

“Oh, that makes a lot of difference in my mind,” said Ji of her mid-round eagle. “I didn’t hit it too bad on No. 18, but I left my first putt really short and just missed the second putt. So I just kept focusing on it and I just wanted to hit an eagle. Makes a lot of difference for me.”

Another strong start for Azahara Muñoz

Ko Olina Golf Club suits Spain’s Azahara Muñoz game considering her track record. Two of her six LOTTE Championship finishes were runner-up, in 2012 and in 2018. Muñoz made a valiant attempt on Thursday to place herself in contention with a second-round 66 to -10 total, just five strokes behind first-round leader Eun-hee Ji.

“I really like this golf course. The fact that it’s windy but the greens hold I don’t mind so much the wind,” said Muñoz who is making her seventh start of the LOTTE Championship. “Well, it starts getting to me when the greens are really firm.”

In Muñoz’s seven starts on the 2019 season, she has three top-5 finishes and an additional top-10 finish—she is so close to adding another win to her LPGA Tour resume (she won the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship) and feels like her game is coming together to do just that.

“I’m hitting lots of fairways so that gives me the chance to go for the greens, and then my irons too, but also making nice putts,” said Muñoz after hitting eight of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens, making 25 putts. “I think when you have a 6-under round everything kind of has to click. I also chipped in on the 3rd hole today, so what helps as well.”

Nelly Korda shoots 4-under in windy conditions

“Played pretty solid all day. Made a few bogeys, but my caddie and I really made sure to not rush and take our time and really check the wind and make our decisions properly,” said Nelly Korda after shooting a second round 4-under 68 on Wednesday. Korda, went out in 35 and came back in 33, making three consecutive birdies on Nos. 5 through 7, a bogey on No. 8 and completed the round with a birdie on her last hole, No. 9. 

“Well, first one was the par-5. I hit my 5-iron just right side of the green; chipped up; tap-in for birdie. Then hit a really good wedge shot into the next hole and then the next hole — I think it was 6 — yes, 6, I hooked my drive almost into OB and I had a clear shot through the trees and I hit a 9-iron, controlled nine, and got it to about like 12 feet and made it,” said Korda.

Brooke Henderson tied for third in title defense at Ko Olina

Defending champion Brooke Henderson turned in a 4-under 68 in Round 2 of the LOTTE Championship to stay tied for third with Australia’s Minjee Lee. The players in the top three all bested the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record, previously 134 and most recently set by Henderson. Today, that record now stands at 129.

“The wind was a lot stronger than it was yesterday right off the bat even early this morning. Took a little bit of adjusting to it,” said Henderson who managed to bounce back after a bogey on the par-4 3rd with two birdies on Nos. 5 and 7. “Got a couple breaks and was hitting the ball in pretty good places, giving myself some birdie looks. It was nice to make a few putts, especially the two par-3s on the back.”

The 21-year-old is gaining momentum in her campaign to defend her title at Ko Olina, looking for her first win of the season in 2019.

“The leaderboard is pretty dense right now and there is a lot of talented players. It’s halfway through the event,” said Henderson. “Just keep doing what I’m doing and make a lot of birdies and see what happens.”


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 20 Eun-Hee Ji

Ji’s 36-hole 129 is her best 36-hole score of the 2019 season; she previously shot 134s at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America and at the Honda LPGA Thailand 

She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens, making 23 putts

Ji is in her 13th season on the LPGA Tour; she is a five-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Her most recent win was at the inaugural 2019 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America 

This is Ji’s seventh event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she has two additional top-10 finishes this year

She is competing in her eighth LOTTE Championship; her best finish is T11 in 2018

Rolex Rankings No. 10 Nelly Korda

Korda’s 36-hole 131 is her best 36-hole score of the 2019 season; she shot a 135 after 36 holes at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

She hit seven of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens, making 26 putts

Korda is in her third season on the LPGA Tour; she won the 2016 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge and finished ninth on the Volvik Race for the Card Symetra Tour money list to earn LPGA Tour status in her first year as a professional

This is Korda’s seventh event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open earlier this season for her second victory on Tour 

She is competing in her first LOTTE Championship

Rolex Rankings No. 4 Minjee Lee

Lee’s 36-hole 133 is her lowest score of the 2019 season; she shot a 134 through 36 holes at the Honda LPGA Thailand and finished second

She hit seven of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens, making 23 putts

Lee is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; she is a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour and also represented Australia in the 2019 Rio Olympics, finishing T7

This is Lee’s eighth event of the 2019 season; she has two runner-up finishes this season—at the Honda LPGA Thailand and at the HSBC Women’s World Championship

She is the 2016 champion of the LOTTE Championship; this is her fifth start of the LOTTE Championship

Rolex Rankings No. 12 Brooke Henderson

Henderson’s 36-hole 133 is her second lowest score of the 2019 season; she shot a 132 through 36 holes at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America

She hit eight of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, making 29 putts

Henderson is in her fifth season on the LPGA Tour; she is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour; she is one-win shy of tying Sandra Post’s record for most victories by a Canadian player in LPGA Tour history 

This is Henderson’s seventh event of the 2019 season; she has three top-10 finishes this season

She is the defending champion of the LOTTE Championship; this is her fourth start of the LOTTE Championship

Quick Hits

23 players in the top 20 represent 13 different countries (Republic of Korea, USA, Australia, Canada, Spain, Thailand, China, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa) 

Eun-Hee Ji shot the day’s low round of 7-under-par 65; she is currently leading the LOTTE Championship

Benyapa Niphatsophon withdrew on hole No. 2, her 11th hole of the second round due to injury

83 players made the cut at even par


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Eun-Hee Ji
-15
64
65
129
2
Nelly Korda
-13
63
68
131
T3
Minjee Lee
-11
67
66
133
T3
Brooke M. Henderson
-11
65
68
133
T5
Azahara Munoz
-10
68
66
134
T5
Moriya Jutanugarn
-10
67
67
134
7
Hyejin Choi
-8
65
71
136
T8
Shanshan Feng
-7
70
67
137
T8
Emma Talley
-7
69
68
137
T8
Madelene Sagstrom
-7
68
69
137
T8
Nicole Broch Larsen
-7
68
69
137
T12
Jeongmin Cho
-6
71
67
138
T12
Stacy Lewis
-6
71
67
138
T12
Giulia Molinaro
-6
70
68
138
T12
Dottie Ardina
-6
70
68
138
T12
Maria Torres
-6
70
68
138
T12
Jin Young Ko
-6
69
69
138
T12
Lee-Anne Pace
-6
69
69
138
T12
Karen Chung
-6
68
70
138
T12
Mi Jung Hur
-6
68
70
138
T12
Chella Choi
-6
67
71
138
T12
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
67
71
138
T12
So Yeon Ryu
-6
66
72
138
T24
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-5
71
68
139
T24
Hyo Joo Kim
-5
70
69
139
T24
Jing Yan
-5
69
70
139
T24
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-5
68
71
139
T24
Haru Nomura
-5
67
72
139
T24
In Gee Chun
-5
67
72
139
T30
Paula Creamer
-4
71
69
140
T30
Amy Olson
-4
71
69
140
T30
Jennifer Song
-4
70
70
140
T30
Minami Katsu
-4
70
70
140
T30
Lindsey Weaver
-4
69
71
140
T30
Danielle Kang
-4
67
73
140
T30
Suzuka Yamaguchi
-4
67
73
140
T30
P.K. Kongkraphan
-4
67
73
140
T30
Hannah Green
-4
66
74
140
T39
Ayako Uehara
-3
74
67
141
T39
Gaby Lopez
-3
72
69
141
T39
Pernilla Lindberg
-3
71
70
141
T39
Lizette Salas
-3
71
70
141
T39
Na Yeon Choi
-3
70
71
141
T39
Klara Spilkova
-3
70
71
141
T39
Sei Young Kim
-3
68
73
141
T39
Carlota Ciganda
-3
68
73
141
T39
Brittany Altomare
-3
68
73
141
T48
Yu Liu
-2
75
67
142
T48
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
75
67
142
T48
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
73
69
142
T48
Jenny Shin
-2
73
69
142
T48
Inbee Park
-2
71
71
142
T48
Daniela Darquea
-2
71
71
142
T48
Lindy Duncan
-2
70
72
142
T48
Laetitia Beck
-2
70
72
142
T48
Mariajo Uribe
-2
70
72
142
T48
Alena Sharp
-2
69
73
142
T48
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
68
74
142
T48
Lilia Vu
-2
67
75
142
T60
Xiyu Lin
-1
73
70
143
T60
Mi Hyang Lee
-1
73
70
143
T60
Nasa Hataoka
-1
72
71
143
T60
Mina Harigae
-1
72
71
143
T60
Ji Hyun Kim
-1
71
72
143
T60
Mel Reid
-1
71
72
143
T60
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
69
74
143
T60
Celine Boutier
-1
69
74
143
T60
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-1
68
75
143
T69
Sarah Schmelzel
E
75
69
144
T69
Georgia Hall
E
74
70
144
T69
Charlotte Thomas
E
74
70
144
T69
Sakura Yokomine
E
74
70
144
T69
Youngin Chun
E
73
71
144
T69
Cheyenne Knight
E
73
71
144
T69
Ally McDonald
E
72
72
144
T69
Jeong Eun Lee
E
72
72
144
T69
Caroline Masson
E
72
72
144
T69
Alison Lee
E
71
73
144
T69
Kim Kaufman
E
71
73
144
T69
Charley Hull
E
71
73
144
T69
Dori Carter
E
71
73
144
T69
Aditi Ashok
E
70
74
144
T69
Peiyun Chien
E
70
74
144
T84
Muni He
1
76
69
145
T84
Beatriz Recari
1
74
71
145
T84
Paula Reto
1
73
72
145
T84
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
1
73
72
145
T84
Wichanee Meechai
1
73
72
145
T84
Angela Stanford
1
72
73
145
T84
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72
73
145
T84
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
1
72
73
145
T84
Haeji Kang
1
71
74
145
T84
Isi Gabsa
1
71
74
145
T84
Kris Tamulis
1
70
75
145
T84
Kristen Gillman
1
70
75
145
T84
Katherine Kirk
1
70
75
145
T84
Ashleigh Buhai
1
70
75
145
T84
Ruixin Liu
1
69
76
145
T99
Stephanie Meadow
2
74
72
146
T99
Marissa Steen
2
73
73
146
T99
Jaye Marie Green
2
72
74
146
T99
Tiffany Joh
2
71
75
146
T99
Lauren Stephenson
2
70
76
146
T99
Jackie Stoelting
2
70
76
146
T105
Kristy McPherson
3
75
72
147
T105
Sophia Popov
3
75
72
147
T105
Louise Ridderstrom
3
75
72
147
T105
Becca Huffer
3
74
73
147
T105
Jasmine Suwannapura
3
73
74
147
T105
Jenny Haglund
3
73
74
147
T105
Amelia Lewis
3
72
75
147
T105
Cristie Kerr
3
72
75
147
T105
Alana Uriell
3
72
75
147
T105
Angel Yin
3
72
75
147
T105
Robyn Choi
3
71
76
147
T105
Brittany Lang
3
70
77
147
T105
Ryann O’Toole
3
68
79
147
T118
Dani Holmqvist
4
76
72
148
T118
Kum-kang Park (a)
4
75
73
148
T118
Brianna Do
4
75
73
148
T118
Dana Finkelstein
4
74
74
148
T118
Gerina Piller
4
73
75
148
T118
Lee Lopez
4
72
76
148
T118
Tiffany Chan
4
72
76
148
T118
Linnea Strom
4
71
77
148
T126
Joanna Klatten
5
77
72
149
T126
Clariss Guce
5
77
72
149
T126
Lauren Coughlin
5
74
75
149
T126
Lauren Kim
5
73
76
149
T126
Jaclyn Lee
5
73
76
149
T131
Kendall Dye
6
75
75
150
T131
Sandra Changkija
6
73
77
150
T131
Gemma Dryburgh
6
71
79
150
T134
Sarah Burnham
7
80
71
151
T134
Lori Beth Adams
7
77
74
151
T134
Christina Kim
7
76
75
151
T134
Celine Herbin
7
75
76
151
T134
Maddie McCrary
7
74
77
151
139
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
8
71
81
152
140
Brittany Marchand
9
74
79
153
T141
Yani Tseng
10
81
73
154
T141
Michelle Wie
10
77
77
154
143
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
13
75
82
157
WD
Benyapa Niphatsophon
77
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