Lydia Ko finishes in top 20 at Women's PGA Championship


Sei Young Kim ignored the manually operated leaderboards dotted around Aronimink as she started to rally her way into contention. "I didn't want to play like this was my final round but just stick to my momentum that I've played all week, so that worked out".

Lydia Ko is two shots off the lead after shooting a creditable even-par 70 in the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Pennsylvania's Aronimink club. She dropped early strokes on Nos.

She hauled that back with two birdies on the back nine but it was another disappointment for the former world No 1.

"When we entered the front nine, the wind kind of slowed down and it was kind of easier to attack with my irons", she said. "I really tried to stay composed during the tournament, during the round, and I'm happy that I got it done".

Kim surged away from the field with birdies at four of her final six holes at Aronimink to card a round-of-the-week seven-under 63 to finish at 14 under par and clinch victory in the penultimate major of 2020.

Kim's top prior major showings were runner-up efforts at the 2018 Evian Championship and 2015 Women's PGA.

The last four winners of the tournament either led or co-led after 36 holes.

Nasa Hataoka and Carlota Ciganda tied for third at seven-under.

"It's just so hard to believe that she never won a major before, because it felt like she won a few".

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The 23-year-old Kupcho hit all 18 greens in regulation. I'd like to congratulate her.

Seven-time major victor Inbee Park's bogey-free 65 ensured second place.

Sei Young Kim has yet to splurge on the $1.5 million she won previous year in the richest prize offered at a tournament in women's golf. I didn't feel like I was ready to come play this type of a golf course. "I was trying to put up a number to maybe give myself a chance going into tomorrow", Park said.

Kang, the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Championship victor, also is in the hunt for her second career major. If she gets it, it will come on one of the tougher courses this season on the tour. She also birdied No. 15, holing a long putt to go 7 under.

"There is no right shot, but there are wrong misses", she said.

So much for the Koreans having a year off from the majors because of the Covid-19 crisis.

"I won't lie, I did feel the pressure starting last night", she said. A two-time victor on the LPGA Tour, Ciganda suffered from memory issues, fatigue and weight loss during her ordeal. ANA Inspiration victor Mirim Lee also withdrew because of an injury.

Maguire shot a 76 after signing for a 69 in her second round and a 73 in round one.