Kim’s blistering start has her in control at Thornberry Creek
Sei Young Kim got off to a great start in the second round and finished the day with a four-stroke lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Her advantage could have been even better.
After missing makeable birdie putts on four of her final five holes, Kim had to settle for a 7-under-par 65 to move to 16-under 128 — tied for the lowest on the LPGA Tour this season. She then headed straight to the practice green.
“Just a couple minutes of putting. That’s it,” Kim said. “I missed a couple birdie putts the last few holes. Just check out that and then no more practice.”
Starting on the back nine, Kim birdied her first four holes and six of her first seven before a double-bogey on her eighth, the par-3 17th.
“The first hole, my second shot was a tap-in birdie,” said Kim, who is seeking her first win since May 2017.
“After that, every hole I got it close to the pin. I had a lot of birdie opportunities. It was perfect weather so, every hole, I could attack the pin.”
Yu Liu made the big move of the day with a 9-under 63 to grab sole possession of second place. It was the lowest score of her career. She jump-started her round with an eagle on the par-5 third, with her 3-wood from about 245 yards stopping 15 feet from the flag, then birdied four of the next six holes.
“I wasn’t hitting it too spectacular but I was rolling a lot of putts in,” said Liu, who needed only 24 putts. “I knew there were birdie opportunities out there.”
Defending champion Katherine Kirk, who had a one-shot led after a 10-under 62 in the first round, couldn’t get her putting going, though, and settled for 71. She is one of five players who are five shots off the pace at 133.