World number one golfer Ko Jin Young took the lead at -9 thanks to 67 strokes at the second round of the LPGA Tour 2020 season closing event on par72 in Florida.

In the opening ceremony on December 17, Ko hit 68 strokes, stood T6 with -4, while Lexi Thompson kept the top of group -7 and Kim Sei Young was on T3 (-5). For the first leg, she scored six birdies, a double bogey and a bogey.

But yesterday, Ko hit form with five birdies and clean bogey. The whole round, the player born in 1995 averaged 252 yards with absolute precision, using 26 putt, standard green parachute (GIR) at 12 out of 18 holes.

Ko Jin Young did not score a bogey in the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship on December 18.  Photo: Naples Daily News

Ko Jin Young did not score a bogey in the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship on December 18. Image: Naples Daily News

Meanwhile, fellow Kim played two yards shorter, hit 13 of the 14 fairways, used three more putts, but the GIR was two holes taller. In that professional performance, the second player in the world scored five birdies and two bogeys, both in the first half of the round. Kim closed at 69 strokes and stood T2 with Thompson at -8.

Last year, Kim won the Tour Championship with a 7.6-meter drop to score the last hole birdie and Ko returned to T11. After 36 holes this year, the positions of Ko and Kim are similar on the world rankings – the Rolex Rankings.

Thompson, after a week of training blistering and even bleeding his hand, hit 65 on opening day, making his best 18 holes this season. But the next day, she was down to form, hitting 71 strokes, scoring two birdies and three bogeys. On the first day, the American player played an average of 250 yards, hit 13 of the 14 fairways, hit a GIR in 14 out of 18 holes and a total of 26 putts. On the second day, she played 245 yards left, accuracy unchanged, GIR increased but also more putt – 32 putt. Thompson has won 11 LPGA Tour championships, including major ANA Inspiration 2014 and currently ranked 11th Rolex Rankings.

Lydia Ko got an excellent score from the start of the tournament. Former world number one hit 65 strokes, scored seven birdies and did not bogey to go up T11 (-5). Previously 18 holes, Ko was at +2. All this season, Ko finished four times in the top 10 but failed to win the title in 12 events.

Nelly Korda seems to be relieved of back pain, on the way to form with 72 rounds of the first round and 66 strokes next round. As a result, the 22-year-old golfer to T5 (-6 points) alongside five other players. She is currently the top 5 in the world.

In October, Korda stiffened her back after a heated turn at the major Women’s PGA Championship. She dropped three awards later and returned to the major US Women’s Open, but was eliminated. “Recently, I lacked the inspiration to play. In the end, people only noticed the achievement. They didn’t have time to think ‘oh she’s injured,'” Korda said. Golfweek after reaching good performance.

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