Katherine Kirk takes LPGA Tour lead after career-best 63

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2017

Australia's Katherine Kirk fired her second-round 63 before storms set in Friday to seize the lead in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin.

The 35-year-old came home strong, playing the back nine at Thornberry Creek in seven-under 29 to be 13 under through two rounds.

"You know things are going right when you're hitting a little 4-hybrid in to four feet", Kirk said.

Kirk finished her round before a 3 ½-hour delay for lightning in the area.

A 13-year-veteran who is bidding for her third LPGA win, Kirk had eight birdies overall in her round to move to 13-under 131 - three shots clear of Jaye Marie Green of the United States. Germany's Sandra Gal was also 10-under for the tournament through 13 holes when darkness halted play. "I'm just happy it was me, or 9 (under), I guess".

Green, 23, who played college golf at Florida and has never won on the LPGA Tour, had her brother, Matt, on the bag.

2:03 | Tour & News         LPGA Takeaway Don't take Jaye Marie Green too seriously she doesn't
2:03 | Tour & News LPGA Takeaway Don't take Jaye Marie Green too seriously she doesn't

"I was hitting fairways, hit it close, and then when I did, I made the putt".

Thailand's Pavarisa Yoktuan and Moriya Jutanugarn both posted 68s as did South Korean Lee Il-Hee. Christina Kim, Karine Icher, Amelia Lewis and Madeleine Sheils were another shot behind, along with Cristie Kerr, who had five holes left to play. Also absent is No.3 Lydia Ko, whose 86-week reign atop the rankings ended last month.

In Gee Chun, the highest-ranked player remaining in the field at No. 5, was 5 under through 12 holes.

Jutanugarn is the top-ranked player at Green Bay and will be looking to get back into the groove after missing the cut at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship last weekend.

First-round co-leaders Kim Sei Young of South Korea and rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon of Belgium each struggled after their opening 65s.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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