After a stormy Day 1 at Olympia Fields, Danielle Kang hit all the right notes to move into a share of the clubhouse lead with Kim Sei-young during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Day 2.
Danielle Kang, who won the Women’s Amateur in 2010 and 2011, and Sei Young Kim, the 2015 Rolex Rookie of the Year, both blistered the North Course at Olympia Fields in 66 in Friday’s second round to finish 36 holes at seven-under par for the early lead with the afternoon wave still on the golf course.
Twice US Women’s Amateur champion Kang and South Korean Kim took advantage of ideal morning conditions to card five-under-par 66 at Olympia Fields outside Chicago.
The pair were on seven-under 135, one stroke ahead of first-round pacesetter Amy Yang and Englishwoman Jodi Ewart Shadoff with half the field back in the clubhouse.
Newly-crowned world number one Ryu So-Yeon was tied for fifth on three-under after an eagle at the par-five 18th, where she sank a 10-foot putt after a brilliant five-wood second shot.
The Indian golfer, Aditi Ashok got off to a great start with a two-under 69, which put her in tied 11th place in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second Major of the year, at Illinois on Friday.
Defending champion Brooke Henderson and Michelle Wie headlined a group of four players at 3-under, 68 while two other players are at 3-under, but did not complete their opening rounds. The Championship features 96 players representing 29 countries.