JUTANUGARN SEEKING TO CLIMB THE MAJOR LEADERBOARD
Ariya Jutanugarn’s back-to-back 70s position her alone in second. Between 2016 and 2018, Jutanugarn collected eight top-10 finishes in major championships, including two wins (2016 AIG Women’s British Open and 2018 U.S. Women’s Open). A third major victory would vault Jutanugarn into a tie with Beverly Hanson, Betty Jameson, Nancy Lopez, Mary Mills and Jan Stephenson for 23rd most all time.
ARIYA COULD JOIN THE ELITE
If Ariya Jutanugarn finishes on top this week, she’ll join Se Ri Pak, Inbee Park, Annika Sörenstam and Karrie Webb as the only players to win a KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and AIG Women’s British Open.
PARK IS PLOTTING
Defending KPMG Women’s PGA champion Sung Hyun Park posted a 1-under 71 on Friday, which is her ninth par-or-better score in 10 career KPMG Women’s PGA Championship rounds and sixth straight. Park (T-3) is seeking to become the sixth player to repeat as the winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
At 2-under with a 36-hole total of 142 (72-70), Nelly Korda is tied for fifth, five shots off the pace. She is in position to potentially notch her best finish in a major, which to date is a T-10 in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open.
JIN YOUNG KO GOES LOW
Jim Young Ko’s second-round 67 on Friday was the low round of the Championship. After two rounds, she is even-par and seven shots off the pace at 144. Ko opened with a 77 in wet conditions on Thursday.
Five former KPMG Women’s PGA Champions made the cut and will play this weekend at Hazeltine: Brooke Henderson (2016), Danielle Kang (2017), Cristie Kerr (2010), Inbee Park (2013, ’14, ‘15) and defending champion Sung Hyun Park (2018).