Cristie Kerr leads after 36 holes at the Kia Classic in California.
Cristie shot a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Kia Classic at the half-way stage with a -9 under par tournament total, she said focusing for the whole day was difficult;
“I think it’s a course that demands a lot of you. When you hit a bad shot you have to be able to recover and really stay focused the whole day.”
“It was a very long day. I feel like my focus left me a little bit at the end, but I played really well.”
Sharing second place at -8 under par are, Mirim Lee -4 under 68 today, and Mo Martin with -2 under 70.
Mo had a problem putt late on in the day;
“The bogey, I had a big ball mark and these Poa greens get super bumpy in the afternoons, and it just stuck in the ball mark and went left.”
“I mean, I didn’t take that too personally. That happens out here, especially in the afternoon, especially on a Friday after you have the whole field in front of you on the Poa greens.”
“And then, yeah, it was fun to rally and obviously great to finish with a couple birdies.”
World number 1 Lydia Ko the defending champion, missed the cut, the second of her career, an even par 72 today leaving her well out of contention, and missing the cut by one. A three putt sending her out. She may not be the number one for much longer.