LPGA Tour

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

Round 2

Four-way tie heading into the weekend

October 12, 2018

Danielle Kang and three players from the 2018 UL International Crown - Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park and Charley Hall - sit atop the leaderboard going into the weekend at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Sitting two strokes behind the leaders are Lydia Ko, who shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and Nasa Hataoka, after a 1-over 73.

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Sung Hyun Park followed her first-round 68 with another 68 on Friday to put herself in a four-way tie at the top. World no. 1 Park carded six birdies and two bogeys, hitting eight of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens, well on her way to secure another win on the 2018 season.

“To talk about the bogeys first, I think that they were both relatively short birdie putts, but I 3-putted both of them,” said Park. “So it kind of lingered in my mind. But overall, I was able to hole a lot of birdies and I was able to shoot for a lower score, so overall, I think it was a good day.”

Park’s Namdalla fan club took to the course in huge groups, following their beloved idol, and they added to their numbers as the day went on. Unable to explain why such fandom exists around her, Park says she feels more comfortable and enjoys playing in front of her fans on home soil.

“I’ve been playing here in Korea for the past two weeks, and I have to say I'm surprised myself by the large crowds that come to support me,” said Park, whose fan club number membership is 12,000 and counting. “Of course, this is something that I don't get a lot in the U.S., so it's been a very happy two weeks for me.”

After an up-and-down front nine that included three bogeys and just two birdies, Rolex Rankings World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn decided to avoid looking at the leaderboard and just concentrate on playing golf.

"I didn't worry about the outcome," Jutanugarn said after posting an 8-under total of 136 for a four-way tie for the lead. "I wanted to play well because I feel that I'm in a good position and then when I turned around for the back nine, I just feel like it didn't help me. So I just come back to myself and focus on the things that I can control and that's helped me a lot today. On my back nine. I hit a few shots pretty close and I also made some long putts. I didn't watch the leaderboard at all because, after my front nine, I feel that I don't care about the lead. Just play golf."

Jutanugarn has already won three times on the LPGA Tour this season (joint best with Sung Hyun Park) and she leads in several statistical categories including scoring average, the Rolex Player of the Year standings and the Race to the CME Globe. All of that, however, can take care of itself, said the 22-year-old Thai, as she maintains her focus squarely on Saturday's round three of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

"I just focus day by day," Jutanugarn said with a smile. "I don't think about I'm going to win anything or not. I think it's all still pretty far ahead."

Great things have been expected of Charley Hull on the LPGA Tour ever since she won the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship with a tournament-record total of 19-under-par. However, she has not been able to add to that lone LPGA Tour victory since then, despite several close calls along the way.

This week, though, may be very different. The 22-year-old from Kettering in England, has produced some stellar golf so far at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, opening rounds of 5-under 67 and 69 lifting her into a four-way at the top after 36 holes. The highlight on Friday came at the par-five seventh where she eagled the hole after hitting a rescue wood to 15 feet and sinking the putt.

"It would be great," Hull said when asked about the significance of securing a second career win on the LPGA Tour. "I've been playing really well this year. I've been like putting some good scores together and finishing well in the majors. I feel like my game is up there. I just need to get confidence and get the win and I'll feel really good."

Hull has recorded five top-10s this season in 20 starts, including ties for sixth at both the ANA Inspiration and the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, and she pinpoints her putting as "probably" the one thing holding her back from a return to the winner's circle. "I just need to hole more putts, and stop missing so many short ones," she said.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
69
67
136
T1
Sung Hyun Park
-8
68
68
136
T1
Charley Hull
-8
67
69
136
T1
Danielle Kang
-8
67
69
136
T5
Lydia Ko
-6
70
68
138
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-6
65
73
138
7
Minjee Lee
-5
68
71
139
T8
Seon Woo Bae
-4
71
69
140
T8
Sandra Gal
-4
71
69
140
T8
In Gee Chun
-4
70
70
140
11
Amy Olson
-3
69
72
141
12
Ji Hyun Kim
-2
69
73
142
T13
Mi Hyang Lee
-1
74
69
143
T13
Ji Yeong2 Kim
-1
73
70
143
T13
Lexi Thompson
-1
72
71
143
T13
Azahara Munoz
-1
71
72
143
T13
Sei Young Kim
-1
71
72
143
T13
Jin Young Ko
-1
71
72
143
T19
Jeongmin Cho
E
74
70
144
T19
Hyejin Choi
E
73
71
144
T19
Carlota Ciganda
E
73
71
144
T19
Bronte Law
E
72
72
144
T19
Su Oh
E
72
72
144
T19
Lindy Duncan
E
70
74
144
T19
Yu Liu
E
69
75
144
T26
Amy Yang
1
77
68
145
T26
Nelly Korda
1
75
70
145
T26
Mo Martin
1
74
71
145
T26
Brittany Altomare
1
73
72
145
T26
Anna Nordqvist
1
70
75
145
T26
Ha Na Jang
1
69
76
145
T32
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
2
78
68
146
T32
Chae Yoon Park
2
75
71
146
T32
Angel Yin
2
73
73
146
T32
Brooke M. Henderson
2
73
73
146
T32
Ji Hyun Oh
2
72
74
146
T37
Jeongeun Lee6
3
77
70
147
T37
Lizette Salas
3
75
72
147
T37
Shanshan Feng
3
75
72
147
T37
Ji Hyun2 Kim
3
75
72
147
T37
Jenny Shin
3
74
73
147
T37
Cristie Kerr
3
73
74
147
T37
Marina Alex
3
72
75
147
T44
So Young Lee
4
79
69
148
T44
Da Yeon Lee
4
76
72
148
T44
Jacqui Concolino
4
75
73
148
T44
Pornanong Phatlum
4
75
73
148
T44
Eun-Hee Ji
4
73
75
148
T44
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
73
75
148
T44
Brittany Lincicome
4
72
76
148
T44
Hyun Kyung Park
4
72
76
148
T52
Caroline Masson
5
78
71
149
T52
Ayako Uehara
5
77
72
149
T52
Katherine Kirk
5
76
73
149
T52
Pernilla Lindberg
5
75
74
149
T52
Chella Choi
5
74
75
149
T52
Jennifer Song
5
74
75
149
T52
Xiang Sui
5
71
78
149
T59
Megan Khang
6
79
71
150
T59
Yealimi Noh (a)
6
76
74
150
T59
Peiyun Chien
6
76
74
150
T59
Wei-Ling Hsu
6
74
76
150
T59
Seung Hyun Lee
6
74
76
150
T64
Ryann O'Toole
7
78
73
151
T64
Jessica Korda
7
77
74
151
T64
Seoung yeoun Lee
7
76
75
151
T67
Jane Park
8
79
73
152
T67
Sarah Jane Smith
8
78
74
152
T67
Thidapa Suwannapura
8
78
74
152
T70
Emma Talley
9
77
76
153
T70
Michelle Wie
9
76
77
153
T70
Hyo Joo Kim
9
73
80
153
T73
Angela Stanford
12
80
76
156
T73
A Lim Kim
12
80
76
156
T75
Annie Park
14
82
76
158
T75
Jeong Eun Lee
14
80
78
158
T75
Ally McDonald
14
78
80
158
78
Mariah Stackhouse
15
79
80
159
Pos.
Player
To Par
R2
Total
T1
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
67
136
T1
Sung Hyun Park
-8
68
136
T1
Charley Hull
-8
69
136
T1
Danielle Kang
-8
69
136
T5
Lydia Ko
-6
68
138
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-6
73
138
7
Minjee Lee
-5
71
139
T8
Seon Woo Bae
-4
69
140
T8
Sandra Gal
-4
69
140
T8
In Gee Chun
-4
70
140
11
Amy Olson
-3
72
141
12
Ji Hyun Kim
-2
73
142
T13
Mi Hyang Lee
-1
69
143
T13
Ji Yeong2 Kim
-1
70
143
T13
Lexi Thompson
-1
71
143
T13
Azahara Munoz
-1
72
143
T13
Sei Young Kim
-1
72
143
T13
Jin Young Ko
-1
72
143
T19
Jeongmin Cho
E
70
144
T19
Hyejin Choi
E
71
144
T19
Carlota Ciganda
E
71
144
T19
Bronte Law
E
72
144
T19
Su Oh
E
72
144
T19
Lindy Duncan
E
74
144
T19
Yu Liu
E
75
144
T26
Amy Yang
1
68
145
T26
Nelly Korda
1
70
145
T26
Mo Martin
1
71
145
T26
Brittany Altomare
1
72
145
T26
Anna Nordqvist
1
75
145
T26
Ha Na Jang
1
76
145
T32
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
2
68
146
T32
Chae Yoon Park
2
71
146
T32
Angel Yin
2
73
146
T32
Brooke M. Henderson
2
73
146
T32
Ji Hyun Oh
2
74
146
T37
Jeongeun Lee6
3
70
147
T37
Lizette Salas
3
72
147
T37
Shanshan Feng
3
72
147
T37
Ji Hyun2 Kim
3
72
147
T37
Jenny Shin
3
73
147
T37
Cristie Kerr
3
74
147
T37
Marina Alex
3
75
147
T44
So Young Lee
4
69
148
T44
Da Yeon Lee
4
72
148
T44
Jacqui Concolino
4
73
148
T44
Pornanong Phatlum
4
73
148
T44
Eun-Hee Ji
4
75
148
T44
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
75
148
T44
Brittany Lincicome
4
76
148
T44
Hyun Kyung Park
4
76
148
T52
Caroline Masson
5
71
149
T52
Ayako Uehara
5
72
149
T52
Katherine Kirk
5
73
149
T52
Pernilla Lindberg
5
74
149
T52
Chella Choi
5
75
149
T52
Jennifer Song
5
75
149
T52
Xiang Sui
5
78
149
T59
Megan Khang
6
71
150
T59
Yealimi Noh (a)
6
74
150
T59
Peiyun Chien
6
74
150
T59
Wei-Ling Hsu
6
76
150
T59
Seung Hyun Lee
6
76
150
T64
Ryann O'Toole
7
73
151
T64
Jessica Korda
7
74
151
T64
Seoung yeoun Lee
7
75
151
T67
Jane Park
8
73
152
T67
Sarah Jane Smith
8
74
152
T67
Thidapa Suwannapura
8
74
152
T70
Emma Talley
9
76
153
T70
Michelle Wie
9
77
153
T70
Hyo Joo Kim
9
80
153
T73
Angela Stanford
12
76
156
T73
A Lim Kim
12
76
156
T75
Annie Park
14
76
158
T75
Jeong Eun Lee
14
78
158
T75
Ally McDonald
14
80
158
78
Mariah Stackhouse
15
80
159