Webb makes the cut on rare LPGA appearance

Karrie Webb will play the weekend in Boca Raton after making the cut at the LPGA event in Florida.
Camera IconKarrie Webb will play the weekend in Boca Raton after making the cut at the LPGA event in Florida. Credit: AP

World Golf Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb has made the cut at her first LPGA event in 14 months to be 10 shots off the pace set by co-leaders Danielle Kang and Lydio Ko.

Seven-times major winner signed for an even-par 72 to be 1-under in a share of 38th at the half-way mark of the event in Boca Raton.

Webb -- a winner 41 times on the LPGA Tour -- sunk a long birdie putt on her final hole at the Boca Rio Golf Club to add to her three on the par-4 second.

She dropped shots on the fifth and 11th holes.

Webb has been at pains to stress this isn't a comeback but merely a chance to play a tournament at a course just 30 minutes from her Florida home.

At the top of the leaderboard are Kang, a winner in the season opener in Orlando last week, and former world No.1 Ko.

Kang birdied her final two holes for a 4-under 68 to catch good friend Ko (70) at 11-under 133.

US Women's Open champion Yuka Saso (70) and England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff (69) are tied for third at 7-under.

Five players are a shot further back while Webb's countrywoman Su Oh carded a 70 to be tied-10th at 5-under.

Conditions were cooler, windier and tougher than they had been a day earlier in the LPGA's first full-field event of the season, with Ko forced to grind from start to finish as she backed up her opening-round 63 -- one shot off the tournament record.

"I don't think I was as sharp as yesterday," she said.

"Having some longer irons into the green definitely makes it a lot harder, where yesterday I felt like I hit a lot of mid-irons."

For a second consecutive event, temperatures are expected to be cooler than expected on the weekend.

Ko sent her mother out after the first round to buy some hand warmers in preparation for the weather that loomed ahead, but the local supermarket was out of them.

"I mean, are we in Florida?" New Zealander Ko asked.

Kang, whose victory at the Tournament of Champions on Sunday was her sixth on tour and first in 17 months, started on the 10th hole in the afternoon and was muddling along at 2 under through 16 holes before she rounded out her day with consecutive birdies.

with AP

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