Sei Young Kim up 2, Ko’s streak ends at ANA Inspiration

Rancho Mirage, CA ( – Sei Young Kim fired the low round of
the week, a 7-under 65, in Friday’s second round and that gave her a 2-shot
lead heading into the weekend at the first major championship of the season,
the ANA Inspiration.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, who’s 1-under 71 Thursday tied her with Annika Sorenstam
for the most consecutive rounds under par with 29, saw that streak come to an
end as she shot a second-round, 1-over 73 on the Dinah Shore Tournament course
at Mission Hills Country Club.

Kim, who earned her first career victory on the LPGA Tour earlier this season
at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, finished 36 holes at 7-under-par 137.
Ko ended day two at even-par 144 and is seven shots back.

First-round leader Morgan Pressel carded an even-par 72, putting the 2007
champ two back and alone in second at minus-5. Brittany Lincicome (68), the
2009 winner of this event, is tied for third with Jenny Shin (69) and Catriona
Matthew (69) at 4-under 140.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson (69) and 2011 winner Stacy Lewis headline a
group of seven players tied for sixth at minus-3.