Weekend Preview — KPMG Women’s PGA Championship — Westchester Country Club — Westchester, New York —
The second leg of the women’s golf major championship season reaches the weekend in New York at Westchester Country Club.
LPGA Tour rookie Sei Young Kim, who played last year on the Korean LPGA Tour, leads the way at 8-under overall. The 22-year-old has two victories this season including her maiden triumph in the Bahamas and then capturing the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii.
Kim tees off at 1;50 p.m. local time Saturday on Moving Day alongside Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb.
Webb, looking for her 8th career major title, has 41 career LPGA Tour victories and sits just one shot back of Kim through 36 holes. Webb entered the week as a 66-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com. Kim was a 45-1 selection.
Plenty of fire power lurks near the top of the leader board at this par-73 layout including Inbee Park, who can reclaim the Rolex Rolex World No. 1 spot with a solid finish, is also 7-under overall. With Lydia Ko’s missed cut, Park can march back into No. 1 with T-29 finish or better.
Increased winds and major championship weekend conditions are expected to challenge players Saturday. The sloppy greens will test players under pressure.
Brooke Henderson, the 17-year-old from Canada, is trying to become the youngest ever major title winner this week. Henderson is T-4 alongside Suzann Pettersen, who won last week’s tournament. Both are 4-under and four back.
Stacy Lewis and first-round leader Jenny Shin are T-6 heading into the weekend.
Expect a tight leader board throughout the weekend as conditions should stop anyone from race out to a big lead. The pressure of the major should impact younger players heading into Sunday, so look for a seasoned veteran with major experience to win.
Other Golf News:
- Brooks Koepka (9-under) eyes his second PGA Tour victory of the season. He leads the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis by a shot over Austin Cook heading Saturday’s third round. Koepka captured the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open last November and then the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open in Phoenix in February. The 28-1 betting pick tees off at 1:48 p.m. eastern time. A dozen players are within four shots heading into the round.
- Bernhard Langer (12-under) takes a four-shot lead into the weekend at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS at Belmont Country Club in Boston. Langer tees off at 1:21 p.m. local time with Russ Cochran. Lee Janzen and Jesper Parnevik are T-3 at 6-under.
- Gregory Bourdy (15-under) leads the European Tour’s Lyoness Open through 54 holes. Rafael Cabrera-Bello shot 6-under in round three to trim Bourdy’s lead to two shots.
- The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will head to Sahalee Country Club next season.
- Ko missed the cut for first time in 54 LPGA Tour events.