Kim remains in front, Masson charges at LPGA finale in Naples


Midway through the LPGA’s rewarding CME Group Tour Championship, South Korea’s Sei Young Kim drives the path at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Here’s the place things stand entering the end of the week:

Leaderboard: Sei Young Kim (- 12), Caroline Masson (- 10), Brooke Henderson (- 9), Nelly Korda (- 9), Su Oh (- 8)

What it implies: Kim kept up her lead Friday to push nearer toward the $1.5 million champ’s check, the biggest in ladies’ expert golf history. She shot 5-under 67, topped by a birdie at the last, to enter Saturday driving by two shots over Masson. Henderson and Korda shot 67 and 68, individually, to keep pace and their wants to trade out enormous Sunday particularly alive alongside any semblance of Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Georgia Hall, every one of whom are in the top 10.

Round of the day: Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Jing Yan each eagled the standard 5 17th to complete six-birdie days and shoot 7-under 65.

Best of the rest: Masson birdied three of her last five openings to top an intruder free 66 and move into solo second. Ariya Jutanugarn reacted to an opening 76 by terminating 66, however at 2 under by and large, the previous CME champ has some work to do throughout the end of the week. Partner McDonald, who checked eight birdies, likewise shot 66, as did Yu Liu, who got seven birdies in her first 14 gaps and moved to 7 under by and large.

Greatest frustration: Ashleigh Buhai’s 7-over 79 was by a long shot the most exceedingly terrible score of the day, however Buhai was at that point six back entering the second round. Rather, most baffling was So Yeon Ryu, who played in the last trio Friday before falling seven shots back with an even-standard 72.

Greatest storyline entering Saturday: Much was talked about of the new victor take-all arrangement, however so far it’s filling in as an energizing end of the week is standing by. Through 36 openings, a significant number of this current season’s champion players are in the blend, including Kim, who ranked seventh in the Race to the CME Globe before the week. Altogether, six of the top 10 in the CME Globe race are at present in the top 20 on the leaderboard. World No. 1 and CME No. 1 Jin Young Ko is simply outside that gathering at 4 under, eight shots back.

Shot of the day: It wasn’t the best of rounds for Mi Hyang Lee, who shot 72, yet this shelter holeout at No. 17 was really sweet.

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