Hyo Joo Kim of South Korea scored 5 consecutive points below 67 on Thursday to gain an advantage of three strokes in the middle of the Lotte Championship in Eva Beach, Hawaii.

Hyo Joo Kim sits with the top 10 134 through two rounds at the Hoakalei Country Club. Australian Sarah Kemp is in second place with 7 less after 69.

Aria Jutanugarn from Thailand (68 in the second round) and Haeji Kang from South Korea (70) are in third place in the 6 smallest.

Two South Koreans, A Lim Kim (67) and Na Rin An (67), shared fifth place with 5 less.

The group took seventh place in 4th place with Jenny Jackson (72), India’s Odity Ashok (73), Scotland’s Gemma Draiburg (73) and He Jin Choi of South Korea (70).

Hyo Joo Kim opened and closed her round without whips with birds. She is looking for her fourth career LPGA Tournament title.

“I’m happy to have played with the same score and without the heat (as well as yesterday), but … I’m (more) happy with today’s game than yesterday,” she said. “Of course there was a mistake. But the reason why I am very happy is that the error is smaller than yesterday …

“There was a good wind in the front nine this morning. When I turned ninth, there was a strong wind, so it was very difficult. But I think when the wind, () the front ninth track () affects the wind more than () back nine. So I think I was a little lucky that the wind was blowing in my back nine. “

Kemp ended her day when there was no stuffed animal by taking up the bird on par-4, the 14th hole. She is chasing her first LPGA victory.

“Yesterday I had two (chips) and I couldn’t believe I had another one today,” Kemp said on Thursday. “Yeah, my caddy was joking, and he said, ‘Then I’ll just get you to most of them.’

First-round leader Hannah Green of Australia dropped to 17th place with 2 smaller ones after a 4-over 76.

Current champion Lydia Co from New Zealand is ranked 33rd with an equal score after 75.

The 10th event is being held for the first time at the Hoakalei Country Club. It took place at Kapolei Golf Club last year after eight years at Ko Olina Golf Club.

–Field-level media

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