• Sei Young Kim fired a five-under par 65 to take a narrow halfway lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Friday.
  • The Korean made her move over a back nine in which she picked up no fewer than six birdies.
  • The ten-time LPGA Tour winner moved from one-over at the turn to four-under at the end of play.
  • Runner-up at last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic Jennifer Kupcho fired herself into contention with a flawless 65 to join Danielle Kang (69), Carlota Ciganda (69) and Anna Nordqvist (68) a shot back.
  • A group of five players moved within three of the leader on two-under par.


  • Kim was runner-up at the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018.


  • Moriya Jutanugarn recorded a fine 68 to move into a share of 14th potion on even-par, just four shots away from Sei Young Kim.
  • The younger of the Jutanugarn sisters is still seeking a break-through Major, having one LPGA Tour title under her belt.
  • Pornanong Phatlum traded three birdies with three bogeys to stay at three-over par, in a share of 36th spot, one ahead of Jasmine Suwannapura who followed up an opening 70 with a disappointing four-over 74.
  • Ariya Jutanugarn finished the day on five-over after carding a 72, she ended tied with Patty Tavatanakitanakit who shot 73.
  • Wichanee Meechai made an early exit thanks to a disappointing 78.


When we entered the front nine, the wind kind of slowed down and it was kind of easier to attack with my irons

Sei Young Kim

Going into last week, I was not prepared, like I felt completely unprepared. I felt the same way coming into this week. I didn’t feel like I was ready to come play this type of a golf course. I think not being prepared brings another challenge for me, and I think that’s what helps me play well

Jennifer Kupcho