Lydia Ko runs out to 5-shot lead at CME Group Tour Championship

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NAPLES, Fla. — Lydia KoAt the halfway mark of CME Group Tour Championship, he is in complete control.

You also have complete control over the season-long scoring process and the money races.

Ko shot a 6-under score of 66 on Fridays second round of LPGA Tours season-end finale. She is now at 13 under and 5 shots clear of Hyo Joo kimThrough 36 holes

Ko made four birdies on a six-hole stretch halfway through her round. To preserve her 4-shot lead, she rolled in a shaky 4-footer to par on the par-4 thirteenth. She has not dropped a shot since Thursdays first hole.

Ko, who had a one-shot lead going into Friday and turned it into a five-shot advantage when it was over, stated that I just wanted focus on my golf game. It was a tight leaderboard. I shot a low round yesterday, so anyone can do it throughout the week.

Except for Ko, there isnt anyone else going so low right now.

Her flawless round caps a great day for the LPGA. The LPGA unveiled its 2023 schedule with Record-breaking $101.4 Million in pursesFriday, April 5, 2008

Kos 66 score was the best of the day. Four other players had 67s. After Thursdays 65, Ko now has two scores of 66 or less in Tiburon.

Kim (69), made back-to-back birdies of 16 and 17, to reach 8 under, and was the only person to do so. World No. 1 Nelly Korda(69) is in a pack tied third at 7 under, alongside Japans Nasa Hataoka (67), Swedens Anna Nordqvist(69) and Scotlands Gemma Dryburgh (70).

Korda was moving on the front and closing her first nine with three birdies within a four-hole stretch. However, she was unable to make pars on her back nine.

Korda stated that Lyds is doing well. Shes had an amazing season. To catch her, Im going to have to be aggressive and drain all the putts.

Even that might not be enough. Everyone is chasing Ko who is chasing trophies, and more.

Ko entered the week leading by one point in the race for LPGA Tour Player of the Year. She must avoid any major disaster on the weekend in order to win her second consecutive Vare Trophy. These titles would bring her closer to the LPGA Hall of Fame.

With $2 million as the prize for womens golf, it is possible to win the money title.

Ko stated, It was solid day. It was more solid today than yesterday. … I couldnt have asked for anything more to begin this week.

Ko is now at averaging 68.964 for the year. Atthaya ThitikulThe seasons average is 69.447. Thitikul would need to swing 40 shots between them on the weekend to catch Ko in that race.

If Ko wins the tournament, her earnings for 2022 would increase to $4,364,403 as well as virtually locking up the money title.

Lydia is Lydia, said Ireland. Leona Maguire, who shot 69 on the second consecutive day. Shes tied seventh at 6 under, 7 behind Ko. Im certain shell keep going, so lets try to shoot as low as possible over the weekend to see what happens.

DIVOTS: Jin Young KoBidding for a fourth consecutive victory on the Tiburon course, he shot 75 and is now 16 shots back. Stacy LewisHoled out from a greenside bunker on the 18th to complete a round of 70 with an eagle. Shes 5 under for tournament. … Brooke HendersonEvidently suffering from the back issue that also bothered her last week, Alicia shot 2-over 74 and is now 2 under for this week. … Pajaree AnannarukarnAnd Danielle KangEach had 66s on Thursday, but neither of them came close to Fridays. Anannarukarn shot 73, Kang 74.

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