A-lim Kim (28, Hanwha Q Cells) took the sole lead in the second round of the Chevron Championship (total prize money of $5.1 million), the first major tournament of the LPGA tour season.
On the second day of the tournament held at The Club at Carleton Woods (par 72‧6824 yards) in Woodland near Houston, Texas on the 22nd (Korean time), Kim A-rim tied 8 birdies and 1 bogey and recorded 7 under par 65 strokes.
A-lim Kim, who recorded an intermediate total of 8 under par 136 strokes, took the lead alone by beating Megan Kang and Lilia View (USA, 7 under par 137 strokes above) by one stroke.
Kim A-lim, who had three wins in her career in Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA), secured her LPGA Tour seed by winning the US Women’s Open, where she participated as an invited player in 2020. She hasn’t had much success since becoming an official member of the LPGA Tour, but this tournament she has a chance to add her major title once again.
Kim A-rim said, “She started off pleasantly with birdies on the 2nd hole (par 4) and 4th hole (par 5) at the beginning of the game. Afterwards, she cut 4 strokes only in the first half while fishing her consecutive birdies on the 8th hole (par 5) and 9th hole (par 4).
He slowed down in the second half of her first hole, the 10th (par 4) bogey, but it was her only mistake on the day.
Kim A-rim, who made up with a birdie straight from the 11th hole (par 4), hit the 13th hole (par 5) and the 14th hole (par 4) with consecutive birdies. Afterwards, she reduced her one more stroke on the 17th hole (par 3) and finished the game with her sole lead.
After the game, Kim A-lim said, “The green was soft and overall the green speed slowed down so I could hit aggressively.”
“I always aim to keep it simple as planned토토사이트,” he said, “I will do my best for the remaining two days.”
Kim Hyo-joo (28, Lotte) added 2 under par that day. With an interim total of 4 under par 140, she tied for 10th with Celine Boutier (France) and Ally Ewing (USA).
Choi Woon-jeong (33, Volvik), who had a good tie for 2nd place in the first round, faltered with a 1-over par in the second round and fell in the rankings.
Choi Woon-jeong, with a 3-under-par 141 strokes in the middle, tied for 17th with Choi Hye-jin (24, Lotte), Ji Eun-hee (37, Hanwha Q Cells), and Ataya Titikkun (Thailand).
Ko Jin-young (28, Solaire), ranked third in the world, tied for 36th with Kim Se-young (30, Mediheal) and Anna Lin (27, Mediheal) with an interim total of 1 under par and 143 strokes.
Jeon In-ji (29, KB Financial Group), who is taking on the career grand slam challenge in this tournament, washed away the sluggishness in the first round.
In the first round, he was on the verge of missing the cut with a 6-over par, but in the second round, he caught 6 birdies without a bogey, added 6 under par, and jumped to 48th place with a median total of even par 144.
Rookie Yoo Hae-ran (22, Daol Financial Group) is in the same rank.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) was in danger of missing the cut. He lost 4 strokes up to the 16th hole that day and dropped to a tie for 78th with an interim total of 3 over par.
While the two rounds could not be completed due to the delayed sunset due to the interruption of rain on this day, the expected cut-off line so far is 1 over par. Lydia Ko had to reduce at least two strokes in the second hole, which will be resumed the next day, and then watch the results of other players.