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Sole leader emerges in S. Korean women's golf major as LPGA star misses cut

All News 18:48 May 15, 2020

YANGJU, South Korea, May 15 (Yonhap) -- Japanese tour player Bae Seon-woo took sole possession of the lead at the South Korean women's golf major championship on Friday, while LPGA star Park Sung-hyun was sent home after two disappointing rounds.

Bae shot a bogey-free round of seven-under 65 to move into first place alone at 12-under 132 after 36 holes at the 42nd Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship.

Bae Seon-woo of South Korea tees off at the 10th hole during the second round of the 42nd Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, on May 15, 2020. (Yonhap)

The first major of the KLPGA season, being held without fans at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, is also the first golf competition on South Korean soil in 2020. The coronavirus outbreak forced the KLPGA to put its season on hold after the season opener in Vietnam last December.

The field of 150 players is vying for 3 billion won (US$2.4 million) in purse. The champion will take home 220 million won.

Bae, who won the KLPGA Championship in 2016, was tied for the lead with two other players, but separated herself from the pack with a second straight round without a bogey.

An overnight co-leader, Kim Char-young, shot a 69 to reach eight-under 136, four behind Bae. Heo Da-been carded a 66 to join Kim at eight-under.

Meanwhile, Park, the highest-ranked player this week at No. 3, shot a 77 for a two-day total of six-over 150, missing the cut by two shots.

This tournament will have two cuts: after the second round, the top 102 will stay alive to play the third round, and then the top 70 golfers after the third round will get to finish the tournament.

But even those who miss the cut will be paid.

Park Sung-hyun of South Korea tees off at the first hole during the second round of the 42nd Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship at Lakewood Country Club in Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, on May 15, 2020. (Yonhap)

Park was playing in her first tournament in six months; she had planned to begin her LPGA season in March, but the U.S. tour was suspended in February because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Park said that while she was disappointed, not all was lost despite missing the cut here.

"I played in this tournament to see where my game was, in terms of my swing and short game," Park said. "I was able to test myself in a competitive setting. I identified my issues and I know in which direction I should move going forward."

Park is scheduled to face world No. 1 Ko Jin-young in a corporate skins match on May 24 in Incheon, just west of Seoul.

Another LPGA veteran, world No. 6 Kim Sei-young, bounced back from an opening round 74 with a bogey-free 68 on Friday. She's tied for 28th at two-under.

Lee Jeong-eun, the 2019 LPGA Rookie of the Year, shot a 70 to get to one-under for the tournament, good for a tie for 39th.

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