Kim Sei-young leads Park, Webb at Women's PGA

Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:39pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

HARRISON, New York (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko missed her first cut in a professional tournament, while Kim Sei-young eagled the par-five 15th to take a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Women's PGA Championship on Friday.

The 18-year-old Ko's astonishing run of making 53 consecutive cuts ended when she shot a three-over 76 in the second round for a two-over-par 148 total, missing the cut by one stroke.

"I just made a double (on the 11th) and just couldn't get anything turned around," said Ko, who had made the turn one-under for the round but bogeyed three of the next four holes after the double.

"I just kind of made bogey after bogey and when you do that, it's not great."

It was a much better day for Kim, 22, who has already won twice in her rookie season on the LPGA circuit.

She shot a five-under 68 on the undulating Westchester course in the leafy northern suburbs of New York City and leapfrogged seven-times major winner Karrie Webb of Australia and twice defending champion Park In-bee.

Kim posted an eight-under 138 total in the second major of the season.

After registering five victories on the LPGA of Korea Tour, Kim has shown her mettle on the LPGA Tour by taking her 2015 wins in playoffs.   Continued...

Jun 12, 2015; Harrison, NY, USA; Sei Young Kim who is the second round leader at 8 under par lines up a putt with her caddie on the 18th green at Westchester Country Club - West during the 2015 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports