Korda Misses Cut; Schmelzel, Yang Lead PGA Championship

Korda Misses Cut; Schmelzel, Yang Lead PGA Championship

Nelly Korda, the world’s number one female golfer, faced a challenging second round at the Women’s PGA Championship in Seattle, resulting in her missing the cut.

Korda’s nine-over-par 81 round included a double bogey, eight bogeys—four of which were on the first four holes—and a single birdie.

This brought her total to six over par, a disappointing finish for the 25-year-old American who has been in remarkable form this year, securing her first major and aiming for her seventh victory of the season.

Reflecting on her performance, Korda expressed her frustration, saying, “No words for how I’m playing right now. I’m just going to go home and try to reset. A lot went my way at the beginning part of the year, and just giving it back.”

In contrast, American Sarah Schmelzel and South Korean Amy Yang delivered impressive performances, moving into the joint lead after the second round. Schmelzel carded a solid 67, while Yang shot a 68, both achieving a six-under-par total at the Sahalee Country Club.

Overnight leader Lexi Thompson is now tied for third place at four under after a 72, while Ireland’s Leona Maguire is close behind, finishing the round with a 71 to sit at three under.

England’s Charley Hull posted a 73, placing her at one under par. Fellow Englishwoman Georgia Hall, at two over, was the only other Briton to make the cut, as Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow exited with an 11-over-par total.

Schmelzel, who is yet to secure a victory on the LPGA Tour, concluded her round with a birdie, the sixth of the day, on the final hole. “I kind of caught a glimpse of the leaderboard on 17 and saw I was right around the lead,” she said. “It was just nice to be able to finish that well, too, knowing I was around the lead in a major.”

This shake-up at the top promises an exciting conclusion to the Women’s PGA Championship, as Schmelzel and Yang vie for their first major titles, while seasoned players like Thompson and Maguire remain in striking distance.