Naples, Fla._ The 24-year-old South Korean, Park Sung-hyun, besieged the course and quickly rose to the top of the leader boards for the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship.
She shot a 65 at Tiburon Golf Club during the second round that gave her a two-day total of 12 under par and a substantial lead over the others. She had closed the front nine with five straight birdies and no matter where you were, you could hear the crowds roar and cheer her on.
Park already claimed Rookie of the Year, but she has also made herself a leading candidate for Player of the Year and the prize money title. She’s in the top position to claim the $1 million bonus in the Race to the CME Globe and is likely to reclaim the world #1 ranking if she were to win this week.
Park was close to setting the tournament record for the past two rounds, but her three-putt bogey on the final hole took that away from her. However, the three-putt bogey didn’t phase her. Park ended up being three shots above Caroline Masson (66) and Sarah Jane Smith (69).
Lexi Thompson, who leads the Race to the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy, shot a 67 and lost ground to Park. She’s now six shots behind and has to stay within 10 shots of Park to win the trophy she’s had her eyes on from day 1.
So Yeon Ryu is another player who’s goal is to win the Player of the Year award and she is currently leading with the possibility to win that title. With her shoulder injury it wasn’t easy for her, but she managed a score of 71.
The other two players who need to win the tournament to collect the $1 million bonus also had their work cut out for them. Brooke Henderson had another 70 and was eight shots behind, while world No. 1 Shanshan Feng shot 73 and was 11 shots behind.
Norway’s Suzanne Petterson made three birdies and an eagle on her opening nine holes to reach 5-under 31 and one stroke under Park.
The back nine holes is when it all fell apart for her. She dropped down on the leader board, with bogeys at 13 and 14, followed by a double bogey at 15. Luckily, she was able to salvage the round with a birdie at hole 18.