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So Yeon Ryu broke away on the closing holes at Kemper Lakes to take a three-stroke lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The 28-year-old South Korean star birdied the 14th and 15th holes to jump ahead of Canadian Brooke Henderson and finished with a birdie on 18.
Lydia Ko surged into contention at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 in the second round to move two strokes off the lead. The 21-year-old New Zealander shook off a rough first round at Kemper Lakes to reach 4 under and give herself a shot to win her third major. First-round leader Sung Hyun Park, 2016 winner Brooke Henderson and So Yeon Ryu were tied for the lead at 6-under 138.
South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open Champion birdied three of the four par-5 holes at Kemper Lakes in the third of the LPGA Tour’s five majors. Brooke Henderson, the 2016 KPMG winner and runner-up last year, was a stroke back with Jessica Korda, Jaye Marie Green and Brittany Altomore.
Kevin Sutherland birdied his last two holes for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Senior PGA Championship lead with California childhood rival Scott McCarron. Sutherland played in the third-to-last group of the day, while McCarron reached 8 under early to emerge from a championship-record group of six tied for the first-round lead.
Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 to move into the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship. So good was McIlroy’s bogey-free round at Wentworth that playing partner Alex Noren, the defending champion, called it “the best round I’ve ever seen.”
Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship. Smith closed his morning round with a double bogey on the par-4 18th, and Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., Barry Lane and Peter Lonard matched the 66 in the afternoon.
The Olympic Club is leaving its U.S. Open heritage to host the PGA Championship in 2028 and the Ryder Cup in 2032. The announcement adds to the growing list of major golf events on the West Coast, which typically have stronger television ratings because they can be shown in prime time on the East Coast.
Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship for his first major title. The 24-year-old Thomas shot a 3-under 68 in the final round at Quail Hollow for his fourth win of the year. He entered the week as the world’s 14th-ranked player.
Kevin Kisner survived a near-calamitous finish at the PGA Championship thanks to a good bounce off a bridge that allowed him to escape with a bogey and take a one-shot lead into the final round at Quail Hollow.
Hideki Matsuyama never looks satisfied with his shots or his score, no matter how good they look.
Jordan Spieth began his quest for the career Grand Slam by not making a putt longer than 5 feet. What helped was that Quail Hollow punished just about everyone at some point Thursday in the PGA Championship.
Jordan Spieth already has shown a remarkable sense of the moment. Now he faces the grandest moment of all. By winning the PGA Championship, he can become the youngest player with the career Grand Slam.
The PGA Championship moving to May in 2019 will cause the biggest change to the golf schedule in more than a decade. Still to be determined is just how much. The PGA Tour is still working on details of how the rest of its schedule in 2019 will be affected.
Jordan Spieth is going for a career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship and doesn’t appear to have a care in the world. Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major in three years and expectations are higher than ever. Blame that on his success at Quail Hollow, where he has won twice. In fact, he has played here seven times and has finished out of the top 10 just once.
Players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship. That won’t be necessary in two years when it moves to May.
Now that the PGA Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, next month has gone from a big deal to a big-big deal because of Jordan Spieth, there is no telling where he might lead us. On Sunday, of course, he led us way up a dune.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – From a young age, Danielle Kang’s parents instilled in her the belief that anything was possible. Even major championships.
Chella Choi shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Danielle Kang heading into the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Kang birdied the par-5 18th to join Choi at 10 under, setting up a final pairing of two players looking for their first major title.
Danielle Kang won back-to-back majors as an amateur yet she’s never cracked the winner’s circle in her half-dozen years as a pro. The 24-year-old Californian took a big step in the right direction, grabbing a share of the second-round lead with Sei Young Kim in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
So Yeon Ryu wants to halt what has resembled a game of musical chairs on the LPGA Tour this season. The newly minted world No. 1 will be going for her third win when the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – the second major of the season – tees off Thursday on her 27th birthday. She comes in off a dominating win last week in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, which made her the first repeat winner in 16 events this season.