Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R1

Three-way tie for lead in Arkansas

NW Arkansas 2021 R1
September 24-26
Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas
$2,300,000
Round 2, Round 3

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South Korea’s A Lim Kim and Eun-Hee Ji and Australian Katherine Kirk recorded 8-under 63s to top the leaderboard heading into the weekend. Kim’s 63 is her career-best score while Ji tied her low mark last recorded in the first round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. Kirk’s round is her lowest since a 62 at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.


NW Arkansas 2021 R1

“Today I think my condition very nice, tee shot, or second or putting, that’s good. I tried my best today,” said Kim in her first appearance in Arkansas.

“It was fun. I got off to a good start, and this is the kind of golf course where you just have to keep the pedal down. I was fortunately able to do that and rattled in, what, I think four birdies on each side. I’m really happy with the round,” said a bogey-free Kirk. “You have to get off to a good start here. This is more of a sprint than a marathon, so super happy.”


NW Arkansas 2021 R1

Kirk is playing in her 15th Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, one the few who has taken part in every edition since its inception. This is her 20th event of 2021, where her season-best result so far was a tie for 25th at the Pure Silk Championship. After a hole-in-one at last week’s Cambia Portland Classic, the T26 result provided a much-needed “confidence boost” as she prepared for the three-day event.

“It has been a bit of a grind this year, so I have been hitting the ball well but haven’t been scoring well. It’s been a bit frustrating. As a veteran, I know I’ve got to remain patient and just keep doing the right things and eventually you’ll turn a corner. I felt like last week was a little bit of a turning point. I love this golf course, good memories and good vibes and it was just a matter of going out there and having some fun.”


NW Arkansas 2021 R1

One stroke behind in fourth place, Sarah Burnham recorded a career-low 7-under 64 thanks to seven birdies. Four players are tied for fifth at 6-under, including Nasa Hataoka and Pajaree Anannarukarn. Hataoka aced the 11th while Anannarukarn rebounded quickly from a triple bogey at the 6th with a chip-in eagle at the 7th.

“Obviously I didn’t hit that [shot on No. 6] good and it just went left of the pin. Yeah, it went in the water and I was just kind of messing around, yeah, it’s golf. Like I should have stayed more focused, but kind of missed on that,” said Anannarukarn. “Honestly [No. 7] was a great hole. I hit good off the tee and good second shot, and then the third shot was just great. I was trying to get it close but wasn’t really intending to make it in. But, yeah, made it.”

Six players sit in a tie for 10th at 5-under 66s, including major champions Ariya Jutanugarn and In Gee Chun.


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NW Arkansas 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
A Lim Kim
-8
63
T1
Katherine Kirk
-8
63
T1
Eun-Hee Ji
-8
63
4
Sarah Burnham
-7
64
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-6
65
T5
Lindsey Weaver
-6
65
T5
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-6
65
T5
Aditi Ashok
-6
65
T5
Klara Spilkova
-6
65
T10
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
66
T10
Haeji Kang
-5
66
T10
Jing Yan
-5
66
T10
Chella Choi
-5
66
T10
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
66
T10
In Gee Chun
-5
66
T16
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-4
67
T16
Lauren Kim
-4
67
T16
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
67
T16
Lexi Thompson
-4
67
T16
Minjee Lee
-4
67
T16
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
67
T16
Jenny Shin
-4
67
T16
Lindy Duncan
-4
67
T16
Stacy Lewis
-4
67
T16
Esther Henseleit
-4
67
T16
Brooke Matthews (a)
-4
67
T16
Dana Finkelstein
-4
67
T16
Elizabeth Szokol
-4
67
T29
Daniela Darquea
-3
68
T29
Mind Muangkhumsakul
-3
68
T29
Maria Fassi
-3
68
T29
Wichanee Meechai
-3
68
T29
Patty Tavatanakit
-3
68
T29
Jennifer Song
-3
68
T29
Maria Fernanda Torres
-3
68
T29
Jackie Stoelting
-3
68
T29
Austin Ernst
-3
68
T29
Danielle Kang
-3
68
T29
Lydia Ko
-3
68
T29
Jin Young Ko
-3
68
T29
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
68
T29
Min Lee
-3
68
T29
Jennifer Chang
-3
68
T44
Nuria Iturrioz
-2
69
T44
Dani Holmqvist
-2
69
T44
Jeongeun Lee6
-2
69
T44
Yuka Saso
-2
69
T44
Megan Khang
-2
69
T44
Sophia Popov
-2
69
T44
Celine Boutier
-2
69
T44
Ally Ewing
-2
69
T44
Haru Nomura
-2
69
T44
Sarah Kemp
-2
69
T44
Caroline Masson
-2
69
T44
Lee Lopez
-2
69
T44
Mo Martin
-2
69
T44
Sung Hyun Park
-2
69
T44
Cydney Clanton
-2
69
T44
Brittany Lincicome
-2
69
T44
So Yeon Ryu
-2
69
T44
Jeongeun Lee
-2
69
T44
Ana Belac
-2
69
T44
Carlota Ciganda
-2
69
T44
Alison Lee
-2
69
T44
Stephanie Meadow
-2
69
T44
Paula Reto
-2
69
T67
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
70
T67
Haley Moore
-1
70
T67
Gaby Lopez
-1
70
T67
Jasmine Suwannapura
-1
70
T67
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-1
70
T67
Bronte Law
-1
70
T67
Jaye Marie Green
-1
70
T67
Jenny Coleman
-1
70
T67
Azahara Munoz
-1
70
T67
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
70
T67
Sarah Jane Smith
-1
70
T67
Perrine Delacour
-1
70
T67
Madelene Sagstrom
-1
70
T67
Na Yeon Choi
-1
70
T67
Mina Harigae
-1
70
T67
Andrea Lee
-1
70
T83
Brianna Do
E
71
T83
Katherine Perry-Hamski
E
71
T83
Marina Alex
E
71
T83
Mi Jung Hur
E
71
T83
Amy Yang
E
71
T83
Sei Young Kim
E
71
T83
Lauren Coughlin
E
71
T83
Alena Sharp
E
71
T83
Gerina Piller
E
71
T83
Alana Uriell
E
71
T83
Kelly Tan
E
71
T83
Matilda Castren
E
71
T83
Anna Nordqvist
E
71
T83
Mi Hyang Lee
E
71
T83
Celine Herbin
E
71
T98
Caroline Inglis
+1
72
T98
Janie Jackson
+1
72
T98
Alexa Pano (a)
+1
72
T98
Ryann O’Toole
+1
72
T98
Nicole Broch Estrup
+1
72
T98
Su Oh
+1
72
T98
Cheyenne Knight
+1
72
T98
Angela Stanford
+1
72
T98
Dottie Ardina
+1
72
T98
Ssu-Chia Cheng
+1
72
T98
Brittany Altomare
+1
72
T109
Christina Kim
+2
73
T109
Giulia Molinaro
+2
73
T109
Annie Park
+2
73
T109
Sarah Schmelzel
+2
73
T109
Kristen Gillman
+2
73
T109
Esther Lee
+2
73
T109
Albane Valenzuela
+2
73
T109
Liz Nagel
+2
73
T109
Mariah Stackhouse
+2
73
T109
Cory Lopez (a)
+2
73
T109
Pernilla Lindberg
+2
73
T109
Kristy McPherson
+2
73
T109
Sydnee Michaels
+2
73
T109
Marissa Steen
+2
73
T109
Tiffany Chan
+2
73
T124
Kendall Dye
+3
74
T124
Jillian Hollis
+3
74
T124
Mirim Lee
+3
74
T124
Min Seo Kwak
+3
74
T124
Yealimi Noh
+3
74
T124
Wei-Ling Hsu
+3
74
T124
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
+3
74
T124
Emma Talley
+3
74
T132
Anne van Dam
+4
75
T132
Benyapa Niphatsophon
+4
75
T132
Brittany Lang
+4
75
T135
Pavarisa Yoktuan
+5
76
T135
Angel Yin
+5
76
T135
Mel Reid
+5
76
T135
Babe Liu
+5
76
T135
Sandra Gal
+5
76
T135
Linnea Strom
+5
76
T135
Bianca Pagdanganan
+5
76
T142
Muni He
+6
77
T142
Kajal Mistry (a)
+6
77
144
Luna Sobron Galmes
+8
79
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