Danielle Kang shot the low round of the day in round two of the HSBC Women’s World Championship to carve out a four-shot lead over second-placed Nelly
Korda and Marina Alex at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore.
The American produced a scintillating eight-under-par round of 64, consisting of four birdies either side of the turn, to equal Inbee Park’s tournament record on the New Tanjong course and top the leader board at the half-way stage.
The 25-year old Californian broke a tooth on Thursday but the incident clearly hasn’t affected her ability to perform out on course. Speaking after her round, Kang, said:
“Never too bad to tie a course record, but that's interesting to hear. I like that. My game is coming easy right now. There are lots of birdies out there. I'm more focused on being present and just hitting the shots. I'm hitting it well, rolling the putts well. So, I'm not really worried about the results of how those shots come out. It feels like just a cruising day. Just hit fairways, greens and have a run for a birdie.”
Meanwhile, the Korda sisters will be looking to become only the second pair of sisters to win tournaments on the LPGA Tour – a feat achieved by Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam with back-to-back wins in 2000.
With Jessica a winner in Thailand last weekend, younger sister Nelly is well-placed to make a move over the weekend.
Carding a six-under-par 66, the 19-year-old said, “I feel good. Definitely nice to birdie the last hole, and hopefully I'll keep the momentum into tomorrow.”
Speaking about her sister’s influence on tour, she added, “We obviously have a little bit of a sibling rivalry, but everything is very friendly. She does make me want to be a better player, and seeing her win last week after the tough off-season she's had was definitely very inspiring, and hopefully I can step my game up this week and take it home, but we'll see.”
Alongside Korda, tied in second place, Marina Alex completes the all-American affair at the top of the leader board. Alex shot 67 in round two that saw her make eight birdies and three bogeys.
Meanwhile, Thai amateur Atthaya Thitikul continues to impress on her HSBC Women’s World Championship tournament debut. The winner of last week’s Women’s Amateur AsiaPacific championship shot a second round of one-under-par 71 to go with her first-round score of 70, leaving her with a share of a highly respectable 23rd place after two rounds.
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