Rookie Sei Young Kim, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour already this season, posted a bogey-free 68 to take the 36-hole lead at 8-under at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
“It's very great,” Kim said of leading a Major through an interpreter. “Today I played very well, bogey-free. Again, played very well.”
Kim sits a shot clear of Inbee Park, the two-time defending champion at this event, and Karrie Webb, a seven-time Major winner.
“I think everybody tries to concentrate a little bit extra,” Park said of playing in a major. “I think that's why everyone brings their ‘A’ Game to the major championships.”
The leaderboard certainly reflects Park’s statement as Major Champions Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson, Morgan Pressel and Mo Martin all sit within five strokes of Kim’s lead.
73 players made the cut at 1-over 147. Notable players to miss the cut include Jessica Korda, two-time KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Yani Tseng and Lydia Ko, who missed the first cut of her 53 event LPGA career.