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Kang ties course record in building 4-shot lead

Danielle Kang holds a four-shot lead at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore after tying the course record with an 8-under par 64 in the second round on Friday.

Inbee Park set the tournament record on the Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in winning last year’s event.

Kang leads fellow Americans Nelly Korda and Marina Alex by four shots heading into the third round. She made four birdies on both nines while keeping her card clean of any bogeys Friday.

“(The) game is coming easy right now,” said Kang, who won her first career LPGA Tour event at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year. “I’m more focused on being present and just hitting the shots. I’m hitting it well, rolling the (putter) well. So I’m not really worried about the results of how those shots come out. It feels like just a cruising day. Just hit fairways, greens and have a run for a birdie.”

Kang has yet to record a bogey through 36 holes.

Cristie Kerr, Australia’s Minjee Lee and South Korea’s Chella Choi are tied for fourth at 7-under 137.

Korda, whose sister Jessica won in Thailand last week, is trying to complete the back-to-backs for the family and become the first pair of sisters to accomplish the feat on the LPGA Tour since Annika Sorenstam won the first event of the year in 2000 and sister Charlotta captured her lone Tour victory the following week.

“I’m just really consistent,” Nelly Korda said after her 6-under 66 on Friday. “That’s all I’ve been working on this off-season is just to hit as many greens just to try to minimize those big mistakes. The more consistent I am, the better I’m playing, so hopefully I continue that throughout the season.”

Alex said she felt a bit lucky to be tied for second place despite some inconsistent ball-striking Friday.

“I honestly wasn’t hitting my irons super solid, but on the greens here are kind of firm so even mis-hits release and get to the hole, which was good,” she said. “You know, I hit a solid iron on 11 and then a little bit of a mis-hit on 12 but it rolled up there super close. Then made a good pitch on the par 5 and a good wedge on 14. So just kind of got a little momentum going, even though the ball-striking wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be, but the putter is rolling all right. Just got to tidy up some of the other stuff.”

–Field Level Media

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