Danielle Kang takes 1-stroke lead at LPGA Mediheal Championship

DALY CITY, California – Danielle Kang took the par-5 gap 18 on Friday for a 6-under-66 and a 1-stroke lead within the LPGA Mediheal Championship, the second consecutive event on the San Francisco Peninsula, with a Birdie offered.

After ending thirty fifth within the US Ladies’s Open on the close by Olympic Membership final week, Kang had an total lead of seven beneath 137 for a one-stroke lead over first-round chief Leona Maguire and the previous at Lake Merced Stanford participant Lauren Kim.

“It was simply hotter climate,” mentioned Kang. “I play nicely in actually sizzling climate. Chilly climate was clearly not my forte, however the climate was on my aspect in the present day.”

Kang ricocheted off a bogey on par-4 16, with a 6-foot par on par-3 17 and the ultimate birdie.

“The greens are clean and quick and because it’s poa it is just a bit scary, a little bit bumpy,” mentioned Kang. “You must belief your strains, and I did. I simply saved going as I did and began falling to the second 9.”

The American received the LPGA Tour’s return from the coronavirus pandemic for consecutive weeks in Ohio final summer time. She has 5 tour victories – the primary in 2017 on the main KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship – and received the US Ladies’s Newbie in 2010 and 2011.

Maguire adopted her first 75 with a 73 and bounced again after opening with three straight bogeys. The previous Duke star from Eire performed alongside the event’s two former champions, Sei Younger Kim (2018) and Florida neighbor Lydia Ko (2019).

“I am actually happy with the best way I held out and fought again and pocketed some very nice putts and made some very nice ups and downs and saved the loop going,” mentioned Maguire. “I saved myself within the event.”

Lauren Kim had her second 69 in a row.

“This week it is simply nice to remain at residence, sleep in my very own mattress and simply have the native assist and know that individuals who put down roots for me are round,” mentioned Kim. “I believe that basically made me simply depart it this week and hopefully proceed over the weekend.”

Min Lee was beneath after a 69 5.

Lexi Thompson had a 72 to fall to 1 beneath. On Sunday at Olympic, she blew a 5-stroke lead and overplayed the ultimate seven holes in 5 to finish a stroke from a playoff received by Yuka Saso.

Michelle Wie West shot a 75 to beat the quantity 4 for the primary time in 5 occasions that yr advancing to the weekend. Like West and eight different gamers, Katelyn Dambaugh, who was enjoying within the last group from the tenth tee, shot a 72 and fell from 3 to five with Clogeys.

Stanford’s Rachel Heck, NCAA Participant of the 12 months enjoying on a sponsorship break, missed the lower with rounds of 76 and 78 within the group with Wie West.

Ko was 2 beneath after a 70 and Kim was 3 over after a 74.

Saso and US Ladies’s Open Playoff loser Nasa Hataoka skipped the occasion.

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