Korean women’s golf star Jin-young Ko (28) made a ‘excitement’ by becoming tied for the lead in the second round of the Cognitive Founders Cup (total prize money of 3 million dollars) on the LPGA Tour.
In the second round of the tournament held at Upper Monclair Country Club (par 72) in Clifton, New Jersey, USA on the 13th (Korean time메이저놀이터), Ko Jin-young caught only 4 birdies without bogey, and she shot 4 under par 68.
Jinyoung Ko, who recorded a total of 8 under par 136 until the second round, tied for the lead with Sarah Kemp (Australia). She moved up three spots from the previous day, tied for fourth place, and tied for third place Yue Ran (22), Lee Min-ji (Australia), and Aditya Shock (India) by one stroke.
Ko Jin-young, who has been on a forced march for 4 consecutive weeks since her major tournament Chevron Championship, is aiming for her third win in this tournament with her experience of winning twice (2019 and 2021). If she wins this event, it will be her second win of the season since winning the HSBC Women’s World Championship last March.
Ko Jin-young missed her narrow fairway only once, and the green hit rate was excellent at 83.33% (15/18). Her number of putts was 30.
Ko Jin-young, who continued her boring par streak until the 8th hole, reported her first birdie in the 2nd round with a 2m birdie at the 9th hole (par 5), and on the 11th hole (par 4), she made a sharp iron shot that almost turned into a shot eagle. caught her birdie. On the 12th hole (par 5), she got to her green in two strokes, then added her birdie simply with two putts.
Ko Jin-young, who continued to play flawlessly, put her second shot close to the pin in the last 18th hole (par 4) to finish the game with a 1.5m birdie and lead the game.
Rookie Ran Yoo is also aiming for his first LPGA Tour victory by maintaining the lead for two days in a year. Hae-Ran Yoo took an upward trend by catching 1 eagle and 3 birdies until the 12th hole, but only reduced 2 strokes because he made 3 consecutive bogeys in the last hole 16-18.
However, he is chasing the leading group by one stroke. Yoo Hae-ran participated in five competitions this season and recorded two top 10 finishes, and two weeks ago tied for 6th place at the JM Eagle LA Championship, the best result of the year.
Choi Hye-jin (24) also reduced one stroke to rank in a tie for 7th place (5 under par, 139 strokes), and three Korean players were listed in the top 10, raising expectations for the K-sisters’ two-win win season.
Kim Se-young (30), who took the lead alone in the first round, lost 4 strokes and fell to a tie for 29th place (2 under par 142 strokes).
World No. 1 Nellie Corda (USA) missed the cut with a 2-over-par 146, tied for 67, and world No. 2 Lydia Ko (New Zealand) tied for 38th with a 1-under 143.