Kim pushes lead to 3 shots in Portland
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - I.K. Kim carded a 5-under 67 on Friday and extended her lead to three strokes after two rounds of the Portland Classic.
Kim ended 36 holes at 12-under-par 132. The last of Kim's three wins came in the 2010 season. Her lone top-25 finish this season was at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur both fired 7-under 65s in the second round. They moved into a share of second place at 9-under 135. They were joined there by Laura Diaz, who shot 68 in round two.
Last week's winner So Yeon Ryu carded a 66 to move into fifth place at minus-6. She was joined there by Mina Harigae (69), Xi Yu Lin (68) and Paula Reto (69).
Amelia Lewis is alone ninth place at 7-under 137 after posting a 71 on Friday.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen (67) and U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster (70) are among nine players tied for 10th place at 6-under 139 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Kim started her round with birdies on the 10th and 12th. After faltering to a bogey on the 13th, she came right back with birdies on the 14th and 15th to move to 10-under.
The 26-year-old birdied the first before tripping to another bogey on the par-3 second. She came right back with a birdie on the third.
Kim parred three straight from the fourth. She converted a birdie effort on the par-5 seventh to move to 12-under. Kim parred her final two holes to end there.
"The greens were rolling much better in the morning, so that was kind of nice, and I hit the ball well, similar to yesterday. I'm really pleased with how I played on the par-5s," Kim stated. "I'm really pleased how I played the last two days, and I'm looking forward to the weekend."
Ciganda traded a birdie for a bogey from the second. She poured in three birdies in a 4-hole span from the fourth to jump to 5-under.
Around the turn, Ciganda birdied the 10th and followed with a pair of pars. The Spaniard poured in three consecutive birdie chances from the 13th to move into second place.
"I've been playing good the last couple of weeks, so I'm excited to be here for the weekend. Today was a great round of golf," said Ciganda. "I made eight birdies and one bogey, and I was very comfortable, hitting the ball good. The putts were going in. So it was one of those days that everything goes well."
Hur started with a birdie on the 10th. She converted back-to-back birdie tries at 13 and 14. After a birdie at No. 17, Hur made the turn at minus-6. She birdied the second and made consecutive birdie efforts at seven and eight before a par on the ninth wrapped up a bogey-free round.
Diaz was also bogey-free on Friday with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7. After six consecutive pars, she moved to minus-8 with a birdie on the par-4 14th. Diaz birdied the 17th to gain a share of second place.
"I didn't even pay attention to it until somebody texted me last night about it, and then of course, it was on my mind when I had a long par putt today," said Diaz of bogey-free through two rounds. "I've given myself a lot of opportunities ... a lot of good looks at the hole."
NOTES: Kim's last 36-hole lead was in 2011 in Thailand ... Kim won on the Ladies European Tour earlier this year, but her last LPGA Tour win was at the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational ... Jeong Jang and Hee-Won Han both announced their retirements earlier in the week, and both made it to the weekend, Jang at 3-under and Han on the number at plus-1 ... The cut line fell at 1-over-par 145 with 78 players moving on to the weekend ... Among those missing the cut were Sandra Gal, Charley Hull, Belen Mozo and Pat Hurst.
08/29 23:38:42 ET