Lee the Only Aussie to Make Cut in Hawaii
I.K. Kim and Sei Young Kim will share the 36-hole lead at 10-under at the LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY. The duo is part of an almost all Korean leaderboard as six of the top seven hail from South Korea.
It has been a great week for the Australians in the field, with Minjee Lee the only one to make the cut. Lee is at even par and tied for 32nd at the conclusion of round 2. The cut was made at three-over-par and unfortunately Katherine Kirk and Sarah Kemp missed by one, while Sarah Jane Smith a further down at eight-over.
“I feel like I played 36 holes, even though I had some rest,” I.K. Kim said of the long day at Ko Olina. “But it was a lot of wind yesterday and again this morning, so I feel really happy with the result because you never know. Even though you hit a good shot, in this wind it can be anywhere really. So I feel really good about how I played today and yesterday.”
“I think overall my game was in pretty good shape today,” Sei Young Kim said. “I worked on my fade shot yesterday because of the wind, and I think that has really worked out well for me today. My putter was also much better. I think that that’s why I was able to play under par today. It was a good round.”
Sitting alone in third at 7-under is Inbee Park, while Paula Creamer, Chella Choi, Mirim Lee and Jenny Shin sit four strokes back at 6-under. 72 players made the cut of 147 (+3).
“There are birdies out there,” Creamer said. “You just have to keep plugging along and be patient in these windy conditions.”