If Hannah Green shot the surprise round of the day to begin the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship June 20, her follow-up 18 holes on Friday at Hazeltine National in Chaska certainly continued that trend.
Green, 22, of Australia, recorded a 3-under par 69 and leads the major by three strokes with a two-day score of 137. Green was ranked No. 114 in the world into the tournament.
Green carded birdies on No. 2, 6, 8 and 14, finishing with just one bogey over the first 36 holes. She also holed out a chip for the second consecutive day, a par shot after hitting into the water hazard at No. 12.
"When it went in. I just laughed because, I guess with the hole-out on 7 (Thursday afternoon) and with the hole-out today, it's really going my way," Green said.
Things are certainly going Green's way. She's one of 15 players out of the field of 156 to begin the tournament under par at the halfway point. Green has also posted two of the top three rounds thus far in the tournament.
Three players are within four strokes of Green including defending champion Sung Hyun Park (-3) of the Republic of Korea.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (-4) and New Zealand's Lydia Ko (-3) are also among the leaders.
Five former KPMG Women’s PGA Champions made the cut and will play this weekend at Hazeltine: Brooke Henderson (2016), Danielle Kang (2017), Cristie Kerr (2010), Inbee Park (2013, ’14, ‘15) and defending champion Park (2018).
Eighty players remain in the field after cut including Lexi Thompson of the U.S., Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden and Mel Reid of Scotland, who shot a 69 on Day One.
Maple Grove's Sarah Burnham, after playing the first round in 78 strokes, shot a one-under par score of 71, making the cut with a score of 149.
Burnham, a Wayzata High School graduate, and state champion in 2013, made birdies on 3, 11, 15 and once again on 17.
"Probably one of my best rounds of my life so far, not the lowest but just to be at a Major at 2-under par, it's something I needed to do to make it -- possibly make the cut, yeah," Burnham said.
Burnham is in the third pairing on Saturday, teeing off at 7:03 a.m.
"It means so much. It's crazy I got in. To make the cut on the number, also another crazy surprise to me. I mean everything is just kind of working in my favor this week. I'm just so like lucky and honored to be here," she said.