Sei Young Kim and I.K. Kim share the lead at the half-way stage of the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
Sei Young recorded another -5 under par 67 to post her -10 under par Lotte Championship total, while I.K. carded -3 under par 69 second round to go with her first round -7 under par 65, to reach the same total.
Sei Young took a three-shot advantage into the final round of the first Major last week, and shot a final round 75 to miss out on a win. But what she remembers is the win at Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic;
“My win will certainly help me, but I think what will motivate me better was the fact that I didn’t win. That’s really motivating me this week and that is going to get me to play better.”
I.K. has been spending time on the putting greens, practicing hard;
“After ANA, I spent a lot of time on the putting green.”
“I felt like I was hitting the ball really well, having a lot of opportunities, but putting was letting me down a little bit.”
“I also went to Las Vegas, so putting and a little bit of fun and then here, I think that was kind of a good balance.”
Inbee Park is in third place, three shots off the pace at -7 under par for the tournament, and South Korea dominated the top of the leaderboard, holding the top four spots.
That domination became even more impressive with Chella Choi, Mirim Lee and Jenny Shin sharing fourth place with the lonely American Paula Creamer, all at -6 under par for the two rounds.
Paula may be the only American in the frame at the moment, but she just loves these golf courses, so the others had better take note;
“I love playing on these types of golf courses.”
“Just the wind, the conditions. Your misses are exaggerated so much when you play in this kind of weather.”
“Being a good ball-striker is incredibly important and that’s something that I’ve always felt was one of my strengths. For me, I like this. The windier it gets the better.”
The defending champion Michelle Wie was tied for sixth spot, in her home event, at -5 under par after a second round -3 under par 69, that included an eagle from 117 yards out on the par-4 15th hole, followed by what she called a “nerdy” dance.
“I kind of saw it roll over the hill and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, it’s disappearing.”
“Then everyone went crazy. It was pretty fun.”