Kirk in contention again at LPGA event

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

Kirk fired a stunning opening round of 10-under-par 62 on the Thornberry Creek course - ironically her best ever score as a professional - to hold a one stroke lead in an event that is already shaping as a low scoring affair.

"Obviously, I know you can go low out there, so stepping onto the first tee, I said, 'Let's play aggressively and make as many birdies as possible'". "I knew there were birdie opportunities out there".

"I wasn't hitting it too spectacular but I was rolling a lot of putts in", said Liu, who needed only 24 putts.

Liu made an eagle on the reachable par-5 third and added seven birdies.

Kim carded a second-round 65, which included a double-bogey on the par-three 17th, to be 16 under.

Kirk's round put her in contention for her first top-10 finish since February. "It was ideal weather, so every hole I could attack the pin". The craziest part of it all was that she actually made bogey on hole one. She is one of five players who are five shots off the pace at 133.

Rookie Emma Talley was in that group at 11 under following a 4-under 68.

Ten more players are at -6, 66 including Ariya Jutanugarn, the current Race to the CME Globe points leader and veteran Christina Kim. "Just kind of got off to a good start and was able to go 4 under on the back, which really helped".

But back at a course full of fond memories, you would never have known. Another dozen are at 67 making it a total of 33 players in the field at -5 or better, and the tournament is just getting started.

Sung Hyun Park, who won her second career major at last week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship and could have moved to No 1 in the world rankings with a win, missed the cut by five shots at one-over 145.

Otherwise, the 36 hole scoring record of -13 set by Kirk a year ago will easily fall by the wayside and the cut line could drop to -4 or -5, meaning a lot of players who put up solid scores will be heading home on the weekend.

Having hit 30 of 32 greens in regulation through two days, Kim will be really tough to beat if her post-round putting practice pays off.

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