Jin Young Ko leads the hazy Founders Cup of the LPGA Tour

CALDWELL WEST, NJ – Jin Young Ko had a three-stroke lead with four holes remaining on Friday when the second round of the Cognizant Founders Cup of the LPGA Tour was suspended due to darkness.

The game was delayed 2.5 hours early due to fog, the second day in a row the fog forced a late start at Mountain Ridge designed by Donald Ross. Sixty-three players couldn’t finish.

“Forward nine, I had a lot of missed shots, but I made a lot of good saves so it’s okay,” Ko said. “I had a lot of good birdie chances and left four holes for tomorrow. I’m just going to rest tonight and feel better for tomorrow.

The second-ranked Ko had 10 cents. She started with a 63-under-8 on Thursday for a three-stroke lead. She has 11 consecutive laps in the 1960s, three less than the record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2005.

In six starts since losing first place in the world to Nelly Korda at the KPMG Women’s PGA, Ko has won twice, finished second and finished two more in the top 10. The 26-year-old South Korean star had control of the ShopRite LPGA Classic last week in southern New Jersey until she missed a series of 10-foot range putts, including the last hole to finish a stroke behind Celine Boutier.

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Lindsey Weaver, So Yeon Ryu and Perrine Delacour were tied for second at 7 under. Weaver shot a 67, while Ryu had four holes to go and Delacour had seven to go.

Weaver was in the only group in the afternoon to complete the second round, a trio playing out in 4 hours and 19 minutes. After rushing to the ninth tee to just beat the horn, she closed with a bogey.

“Literally nothing is more important (than the finish). I was saying to my caddy, “I would hate to play No. 9 at 7 am tomorrow morning,” Weaver said. “I’m happy to be done, even though I bogeyed it. I’m just glad I didn’t have to get up at 5 a.m. tomorrow. I’m fine. I’m happy.

In Gee Chun, Xiyu Lin, Chella Choi and Jenny Shin were 6 cents. Chun had six holes on the left. Lin, Choi and Shin each shot 68-68.

Korda was 5 cents with three holes left. She is making her first start since the Solheim Cup a month ago.

Ko is the reigning champion of the event, having won in 2019 in Phoenix. The 2000 event has been canceled.

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