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Sei Young Kim’s birdie bonanza gives her KPMG Women’s PGA Championship lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Sei Young Kim birdied five of the final six holes as darkness fell Friday at Aronimink for a 5-under 65 and the second-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The 27-year-old South Korean closed with a 6-under 29 on the front nine. She dropped early strokes on Nos. 11 and 12 and made her lone first-nine birdie on the par-5 16th.

Kim had a 4-under 136 total at rugged 6,437-yard Aronimink. She tied Karrie Webb (2001) and Sarah Kemp (2011) for the lowest nine-hole score in the Women’s PGA Championship.

A 10-time LPGA Tour winner, Kim is looking for her first major victory. She was runner-up at the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and tied for second at the Evian Championship in 2018.

The last four winners of the tournament either led or co-led after 36 holes.

Jennifer Kupcho (65), Danielle Kang (69), Carlota Ciganda

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Sei Young Kim has late birdie run to take Women’s PGA lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Sei Young Kim ignored the manually operated leaderboards dotted around Aronimink as she started to rally her way into contention.



Jennifer Kupcho watches her tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Newtown Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


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Jennifer Kupcho watches her tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Newtown Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)



Sei Young Kim, of South Korea, lines up a putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Newtown Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


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Sei Young Kim, of South Korea, lines up a putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Aronimink Golf Club, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Newtown Square, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

“I was in a good momentum, so I just wanted to ride on that,” Kim said.

By the time she finished sinking birdie after birdie en route toward matching a record round, Kim could afford

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South Korean Kim grabs Women’s PGA lead on birdie binge

South Korea’s Kim Sei-young, seeking her first major title, birdied five of her last six holes to seize a one-stroke lead after Friday’s second round of the Women’s PGA Championship.

The 27-year-old from Seoul fired a five-under par 65, including an event record-tying 29 for the front nine, to stand on four-under 136 after 36 holes at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

“Just strategizing to attack the greens. I’d try to land it a little short so I can have some release, but it really helped me out,” Kim said.

“I tried to focus on my game. Honestly I didn’t look at the leaderboard. I was in a good momentum so I just wanted to ride on that.”

Seventh-ranked Kim has had six top-five major finishes without a victory, her closest calls being a runner-up finish at the 2015 Women’s PGA and a share of second at the 2018 Evian

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Sei Young Kim has late birdie run to take Women’s PGA lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Sei Young Kim ignored the manually operated leaderboards dotted around Aronimink as she started to rally her way into contention.

“I was in a good momentum, so I just wanted to ride on that,” Kim said.

By the time she finished sinking birdie after birdie en route toward matching a record round, Kim could afford a peek at the board: Her name was on top.

Kim birdied five of the final six holes as darkness fell Friday at Aronimink for a 5-under 65 and the second-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The 27-year-old South Korean closed with a 6-under 29 on the front nine. She dropped early strokes on Nos. 11 and 12 and made her lone first-nine birdie on the par-5 16th.


“When we entered the front nine, the wind kind of slowed down and it was kind of easier to attack

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