SINGAPORE – The distraction of a chipped tooth proved to be no drawback for Danielle Kang as she shot an Eight-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead on the midway stage of the Ladies’s World Championship on Friday.
Kang, who received final 12 months’s Ladies’s PGA Championship for her first main title, equaled the course document on the Sentosa Golf Membership to guide the LPGA event at 12-under 132.
“By no means too unhealthy to tie a course document,” Kang mentioned. “That is fascinating to listen to. I like that.”
Nelly Korda, whose sister Jessica received the LPGA Tour occasion in Thailand final week, had a 66 to be tied for second with fellow American Alex Marina (67) whereas Minjee Lee (66), Cristie Kerr (67) and Chella Choi (69) have been an extra stroke again at 7-under.
Kang, who found she had damaged a tooth after falling asleep whereas stretching earlier than capturing a 68 in Thursday’s opening spherical, had eight birdies, 4 on the entrance 9 and one other 4 after rounding the flip, to publish her second straight bogey-free spherical.
“(My) recreation is coming straightforward proper now. There are many birdies on the market. I am extra centered on being current and simply hitting the photographs. I am hitting it properly, rolling the putt properly. So I am not likely nervous concerning the outcomes of how these photographs come out. It looks like only a cruising day.”
Kang mentioned her cracked tooth was not painful, however she might nonetheless really feel it every time she swung the membership.
“Each time I hit a shot, I am like, it retains scratching – it is uncooked right here, nevertheless it’s OK. I simply do not chew on this facet. I will be positive,” she mentioned.
“My dentist instructed me, I’ve chipped one other one earlier than, and he mentioned, ‘You do not break it at that second’. It has been damaged and it simply chips off. So I do not know the way it broke.”
Korda birdied 4 of her final six holes as she bids to emulate her siblings by profitable tournaments this 12 months. Other than Jessica profitable in Thailand with a tournament-record whole of 25-under final week, their brother Sebastian received the Australian Open junior boys’ singles tennis title in Melbourne in January.
Their father is 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda.
“We clearly have a little bit little bit of a sibling rivalry, however the whole lot could be very pleasant,” Korda mentioned. ” She (Jessica) does make me wish to be a greater participant, and seeing her win final week after the powerful low season she’s had was undoubtedly very inspiring, and hopefully I can step my recreation up this week and take it residence, however we’ll see.”
Jessica Korda (70) reached the midway level at 6-under, degree with Austin Ernst (67), Lizette Salas (67), Charley Hull (68) and Ha Na Jang (68), whereas a number of different huge names misplaced floor.
High-ranked Shanshan Feng completed at Four-under after a second consecutive 70 whereas Michelle Wie misplaced floor with a 73 and in a single day chief Jennifer Tune stumbled with a 75, together with a quadruple-bogey eight on the par-Four third.
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