Ladies’s PGA champ Sei Younger Kim again on prime at Pelican Women Championship
BELLEAIR, Fla. – Breakthrough winners of their final begins, Sei Younger Kim and Ally McDonald had been on prime once more Friday within the Pelican Ladies’s Championship.
The second-ranked Kim, making her first begin since successful the KPMG Ladies’s PGA a month and half in the past at Aronimink for her first main title, shot a 5-under 65 at Pelican Golf Membership to take a one-stroke lead over McDonald into the weekend.
Not that Kim was listening to the leaderboard.
“Golf is compete with myself, I believe,” Kim mentioned. “If you happen to see the leaderboard then I believe I take into consideration the opposite issues. I simply wish to take into consideration give attention to myself and what I’ve to do.”
McDonald had a 66. She received her first LPGA Tour title late final month within the Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia within the tour’s final occasion.
“My ball-striking was just a bit off yesterday, however managed to play actually stable,” McDonald mentioned. “I used to be capable of strike it higher right now. Had a number of extra reasonable appears to be like for birdie. Total, I simply really feel like I’m nonetheless rolling the ball very well, which provides me a variety of confidence and takes a bit of stress off my ball-striking on the whole. Really feel like I don’t should hit had it actually, actually shut.”
Kim had an 8-under 132 complete within the first-year event initially set for a similar week because the PGA Championship in Could. The 11-time LPGA Tour winner birdied 4 of the primary 5 holes and added one other on the par-5 14th.
Full-field scores from the Pelican Ladies’s Championship
“It was a troublesome to make the prospect to birdie on the again 9 as a result of pin place actually powerful,” Kim mentioned. “Pins, most pins had been proper subsequent to undulation, so when you miss the gap, it’ll come again, all the best way again. I had three good up-and-downs. Bogey-free spherical It was actually good play right now.”
First-round lead Sophia Popov, the Ladies’s Open winner at Royal Troon in August, was tied for third at 6 beneath with Stephanie Meadow. Popov adopted a gap 64 with a 70, taking part in alongside McDonald and top-ranked Jim Younger Ko.
“Ally had an excellent begin, too,” Popov mentioned. “Once I began making a pair bogeys she was making birdies, and so I knew she was getting near me. I believe that additionally helped to push me.”
Meadow birdied 4 of her final 5 holes, ending on the entrance 9, for a 65.
“My again 9 was superior,” Meadow mentioned. “Performed actually stable. The entrance 9 I hit barely any greens and made a ton of up-and-downs. Simply stored my cool on my entrance 9, the again 9, and was capable of make some birdies coming in, which was good.”
Elizabeth Szokol was 5 beneath after a 66.
Lydia Ko had a 67 to affix Minjee Lee (69) and Lindsey Weaver (68) at three beneath. Brooke Henderson (70), Angela Stanford (68), Jennifer Tune (70) and Robynn Ree (69) had been 2 beneath.
Jin Younger Ko was tied for 47th at three over after rounds of 72 and 71, in her first LPGA Tour begin of the yr. No. 1 on the earth for the final 68 weeks, She has been house in South Korea because the COVID-19 pandemic. She plans to play three straight tournaments by means of the U.S. Ladies’s Open.
U.S. Ladies’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6, additionally making her return to the LPGA Tour, was tied for 38th at 2 over, following a gap 73 with a 69. She final performed the Ladies’s Australian Open in February earlier than the tour started shutting down its Asia swing due to the pandemic.