Sei Young Kim takes four-shot lead at LPGA Classic

Annette Crawford
July 9, 2018

In her last six tournaments, she missed the cut five times and tied for 61st in the other.

She teed off from 10th and made birdies on 10, 11 and 12 and then had four more towards the end of the front nine to go out in 29.

It's not uncommon for professional golfers to recover from a bad round quickly but even at the top levels of the game a 21-shot improvement has to be some sort of record.

Katherine Kirk rips a drive at Thornberry Creek.

"I had no expectations to win, but there are good vibes here and I have a lot of confidence on this golf course", she said. "Golf is amusing. When you've played it as long as I have professionally, you realize that some days are going to be good and some days are going to be bad".

Kirk wasted no time in picking up from where she left off past year.

"I played a good round", said Uehara, one of seven players tied for fifth place. "Thankfully, it worked out". Having shot nine-under past year and I knew the conditions were going to be ideal this morning. "Just kind of got off to a good start and was able to go 4 under on the back, which really helped".

Only 18 players failed to break par but one of them was last week's major victor, Syung Hyun Park who bogeyed the 18th to finish at +2, 74.

American Megan Khang matched Marchand with a 64.

Emma Talley made a run at Kirk late in the afternoon. "I missed a couple birdie putts the last few holes". The only blemish on her card was a bogey on her final hole, when she mishit her wedge into the par-5 ninth.

"I was already counting in my head at one point, what do I have to do to shoot 59?", said Talley.

Sung Hyun Park, who won her second career major in a three-person playoff at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship, started with a bogey and never got rolling with a 2-over 74.

While Ko was solid, hitting 15 of 18 greens, her day showed the importance of a hot putter as she bettered her opening round by three shots despite just missing a solitary green in regulation on Thursday (Friday NZT). It won't be easy as 33 players shot at least 5-under.

World Number Two Ariya Jutanugarn is at 6-under and T12, Brooke Henderson one shot better and sharing fifth.

In ideal scoring conditions, the average for the round was 69.58.

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