Marathon LPGA Classic R1

Ko & Kang tied for lead

August 06-09
Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
$1,700,000
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With a pair of 7-under 64s on Thursday, American Danielle Kang and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko are tied atop the leaderboard at the 2020 Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana. Kang went bogey-free around Highland Meadows Golf Club, crediting a strong day with her putter, and is looking to become the LPGA Tour’s first back-to-back winner since 2017. 


“I worked a lot on my putting for the last couple days. Didn’t really like how the ball was coming off my putter,” said Kang, who won last week’s LPGA Drive On Championship. “But I think that I kind of got a good feel out of it; then today my putting worked really well. There are days when the ball goes where you see, and that’s what happened.”

Ko carded eight birdies and one bogey at a course that has historically been very kind to her. Ko has two victories and two other top 10s in her five previous tournament appearances, with a scoring average of 68 over those 20 rounds. 



“I hit a few shots that were really tap-in range, so when you have three, four of those kind of opportunities, it definitely puts a little stress off the putter, which was kind of the bit that I was struggling with last week,” said Ko, aiming for her first victory since 2018. “So it was nice that a few were really close to kind of put that stress off, and nice to just walk off the hole with the easy birdie.”

American Megan Khang holed out for eagle at No. 5 en route to a bogey-free 65 and holds solo third at -6. A quartet of players are tied for fourth at -5 – American Solheim Cup players Angel Yin and Ally McDonald, 2016 Volunteers of America Classic winner Jenny Shin, and Germany’s Sophia Popov.



Kang picks up where she left off

Different course, same result. After claiming the LPGA Drive On Championship title on Sunday, Danielle Kang opened the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana with a bogey-free -7 and sits tied for the lead with Lydia Ko after the first round.

“I was told that if you’re playing well, you just got to trust your game and keep playing your game, so that’s been my plan since last week and this week,” said Kang, who rose to No. 2 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking with her victory at Inverness Club. “I’m striking it really well. Putting speed is there. Just got to keep trusting it and play my game.”

This week marks Kang’s first appearance at Highland Meadows Golf Club in 2017 and fifth overall. Her best Marathon LPGA Classic finish is a tie for 22nd in 2015. In her last six LPGA Tour starts, Kang has two wins (2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai, 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship), one second-place finish (2019 BMW Ladies Championship) and two third-place finishes (2019 CME Group Tour Championship, 2020 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio).



Ko continues Highland Meadows success

Highland Meadows Golf Club has been very kind to Lydia Ko. In her five previous tournament appearances, the New Zealander earned Marathon LPGA Classic victories in 2014 and 2016, tied for third in 2015, tied for seventh in 2013 and tied for 20th in 2017. 

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This week, Ko has returned to the Marathon LPGA Classic for the first time since 2017. While the course has seen some changes, Ko continued her Ohio success with a first-round 64, her lowest round ever at Highland Meadows.

“It’s not one of the longer golf courses, but throughout the years they’ve lengthened some of the holes and added a few bunkers this year. Well, I don’t know if this year, or within the time that I’ve been gone,” said Ko. “It’s good to be back.”

Ko had seven birdies on Thursday, five from easy tap-in distance. There really was not much that went wrong with Ko’s day, a fact that brought a big smile to her face.



“At any event when you know you’ve played well at that course before, gives you confidence and you draw back a lot of the good memories,” said Ko, who is looking for her first victory since the 2018 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. “I tried to just play my own game today and give myself good looks for birdies. When I’m kind of out of position, be smart. I actually got pretty lucky in some cases, so I think it was kind of one of those days where it’s kind of clicking. So, yeah, I feel very relieved with the way it went.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Danielle Kang
-7
64
T1
Lydia Ko
-7
64
3
Megan Khang
-6
65
T4
Ally McDonald
-5
66
T4
Sophia Popov
-5
66
T4
Jenny Shin
-5
66
T4
Angel Yin
-5
66
T8
Cydney Clanton
-4
67
T8
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-4
67
T8
Maria Fassi
-4
67
T8
Kristen Gillman
-4
67
T8
Cheyenne Knight
-4
67
T8
Nelly Korda
-4
67
T8
Andrea Lee
-4
67
T8
Angela Stanford
-4
67
T16
Peiyun Chien
-3
68
T16
Carlota Ciganda
-3
68
T16
Austin Ernst
-3
68
T16
Isi Gabsa
-3
68
T16
Yui Kawamoto
-3
68
T16
Christina Kim
-3
68
T16
Minjee Lee
-3
68
T16
Xiyu Lin
-3
68
T16
Jennifer Song
-3
68
T16
Mariah Stackhouse
-3
68
T16
Charlotte Thomas
-3
68
T16
Lindsey Weaver
-3
68
T28
Marina Alex
-2
69
T28
Ana Belac
-2
69
T28
Lindy Duncan
-2
69
T28
Linnea Johansson
-2
69
T28
Stacy Lewis
-2
69
T28
Ruixin Liu
-2
69
T28
Lee Lopez
-2
69
T28
Caroline Masson
-2
69
T28
Stephanie Meadow
-2
69
T28
Amy Olson
-2
69
T28
Bianca Pagdanganan
-2
69
T28
Madelene Sagstrom
-2
69
T28
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
69
T28
Anne van Dam
-2
69
T42
Brittany Altomare
-1
70
T42
Laetitia Beck
-1
70
T42
Youngin Chun
-1
70
T42
Maria Fernanda Torres
-1
70
T42
Jillian Hollis
-1
70
T42
Jiwon Jeon
-1
70
T42
Kim Kaufman
-1
70
T42
Cristie Kerr
-1
70
T42
Jessica Korda
-1
70
T42
Alison Lee
-1
70
T42
Yu Liu
-1
70
T42
Haley Moore
-1
70
T42
Azahara Munoz
-1
70
T42
Haru Nomura
-1
70
T42
Annie Park
-1
70
T42
Morgan Pressel
-1
70
T42
Mel Reid
-1
70
T42
Paula Reto
-1
70
T42
Louise Ridderstrom
-1
70
T42
Rachel Rohanna
-1
70
T42
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
70
T42
Kelly Tan
-1
70
T42
Lexi Thompson
-1
70
T42
Jing Yan
-1
70
T66
Ashleigh Buhai
E
71
T66
Matilda Castren
E
71
T66
In Gee Chun
E
71
T66
Katelyn Dambaugh
E
71
T66
Clariss Guce
E
71
T66
Mina Harigae
E
71
T66
Haeji Kang
E
71
T66
Sarah Kemp
E
71
T66
Katherine Kirk
E
71
T66
Jennifer Kupcho
E
71
T66
Bronte Law
E
71
T66
Pernilla Lindberg
E
71
T66
Yealimi Noh
E
71
T66
Madison Pressel
E
71
T66
Maia Schechter
E
71
T66
Sarah Schmelzel
E
71
T66
Marissa Steen
E
71
T66
Linnea Strom
E
71
T66
Patty Tavatanakit
E
71
T66
Albane Valenzuela
E
71
T66
Amy Yang
E
71
T87
Dottie Ardina
1
72
T87
Celine Boutier
1
72
T87
Jacqui Concolino
1
72
T87
Daniela Darquea
1
72
T87
Laura Diaz
1
72
T87
Kendall Dye
1
72
T87
Dana Finkelstein
1
72
T87
Sarah Hoffman
1
72
T87
Jaclyn Lee
1
72
T87
Brittany Lincicome
1
72
T87
Giulia Molinaro
1
72
T87
Anna Nordqvist
1
72
T87
Gerina Piller
1
72
T87
Alena Sharp
1
72
T87
Emma Talley
1
72
T87
Alana Uriell
1
72
T87
Cheyenne Woods
1
72
T104
Julie Aime
2
73
T104
Brittany Benvenuto
2
73
T104
Kristin Coleman
2
73
T104
Lauren Coughlin
2
73
T104
Natalie Gulbis
2
73
T104
Caroline Inglis
2
73
T104
Tiffany Joh
2
73
T104
Kristy McPherson
2
73
T104
Kasey Miller
2
73
T104
Ryann O’Toole
2
73
T104
Lee-Anne Pace
2
73
T104
Hee Young Park
2
73
T104
Lizette Salas
2
73
T104
Lauren Stephenson
2
73
T104
Alison Walshe
2
73
T104
Suzuka Yamaguchi
2
73
T120
Sierra Brooks
3
74
T120
Sarah Burnham
3
74
T120
Jennifer Chang (a)
3
74
T120
Jenny Coleman
3
74
T120
Brianna Do
3
74
T120
Gemma Dryburgh
3
74
T120
Julieta Granada
3
74
T120
Celine Herbin
3
74
T120
Vicky Hurst
3
74
T120
Kyung Kim
3
74
T120
Esther Lee
3
74
T120
Alejandra Llaneza
3
74
T120
Robynn Ree
3
74
T120
Nicole Sakamoto
3
74
T120
Yujeong Son
3
74
T120
Kris Tamulis
3
74
T120
Kris Tschetter
3
74
T137
Ashli Bunch
4
75
T137
Muni He
4
75
T137
Min Seo Kwak
4
75
T137
Elizabeth Nagel
4
75
T137
Beatriz Recari
4
75
T137
Sarah Jane Smith
4
75
T137
Klara Spilkova
4
75
T144
Dori Carter
5
76
T144
Tiffany Chan
5
76
T144
Brittany Lang
5
76
T144
Michelle Piyapattra
5
76
148
Sierra Sims
6
77
T149
Amelia Lewis
10
81
T149
Laura Restrepo
10
81
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