Korean Kim takes charge as Ko's run ends
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - South Korea's Kim Sei-young spectacularly eagled the par-five 18th to surge into a two-shot lead in the second round of the ANA Inspiration on Friday as Lydia Ko's record-equalling run came to an end.
The 22-year-old Kim, who won her maiden LPGA Tour title at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic in February, struck a superb second shot to six feet on her final hole and knocked in the putt to card a seven-under-par 65 at Mission Hills Country Club.
That left the Korean at seven-under 137 in the first women's major of the season, two ahead of overnight leader Morgan Pressel, who followed her opening 67 with a 72.
Long-hitting American Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 champion at Mission Hills, fired a 68 to finish at four under, level with Korean Jenny Shin (69) and Scotland's Catriona Matthew (69).
Kim, who had returned a 72 in the first round, birdied four of her first nine holes to claw her way up the leaderboard.
She picked up further shots at the 11th and 15th before making her only bogey of the day at the 16th, then ended her round in eagle style.
"I really hit the ball good and putted really good," said Kim, who is playing in only her third major championship. "I'm very happy.
"Yesterday I adjust a little bit my putting ... now I see the line better."