South Korean Kim Sei-Young eagled the par-5 15th hole on Friday for a five-under-par 68 and a one-stroke halfway lead over Australian Hall of Famer Karrie Webb in the Women’s PGA Championship.
Kim’s eight-under total of 138 gave her a one-shot lead over Webb and two-time defending champion Park In-Bee, also of South Korea.
Webb, who has won seven majors, birdied the 18th hole to cap a 71 after her opening-round 68. She was joined on 139 by Park, who had five birdies in her five-under 68 at the Westchester Country Club.
Not only is Park trying to win a third straight title in the second women’s major of the year – formerly known as the LPGA Championship – she’s closing in on the world No.1 ranking of New Zealand teen Ko.
Ko has missed the cut for the first time in her pro career, struggling to a three-over 76 for a two-over total of 148.
Her demise ends a streak of 53 straight LPGA cuts made.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Brooke Henderson of Canada sit one stroke behind Webb and Park, one shot ahead of Stacy Lewis and Jenny Shin.