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Nelly Korda misses cut at Women's PGA Championship after second-round 81

Nelly Korda finished six over par in her second round at the PGA Championship; World No 1 has now missed the cut in her last three events,Watch KPMG Women's PGA Championship live on Sky Sports. Stream the LPGA Tour, majors and more with NOW

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Highlights from the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

World No 1 Nelly Korda shot a second-round 81 to miss the cut at the PGA Championship by one shot.

A stroke behind first-round leader Lexi Thompson after an opening 3-under 69, Korda bogeyed the first four holes and also dropped strokes on six and nine to record a front-nine 42.

The 25-year-old continued to struggle on the back nine, bogeying holes 11 and 14 before a double bogey on the 15. She made her lone birdie of the day on 18 to finish six over par.

Korda also missed the cuts in the US Women's Open - opening with an 80 - and the Meijer LPGA Classic in her last two starts after winning six of seven events, a run that started with a record-tying five straight victories.

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Nelly Korda had a nightmare sixth hole at the Women's PGA Championship shanking the ball twice in the rough on her way to making a bogey

"It's just golf recently for me," Korda said. "No words for how I am playing right now. I'm just going to go home and try to reset."

While Korda struggled in the warm afternoon conditions that sped up tree-lined Sahalee Country Club, Sarah Schmelzel and Amy Yang shared the lead at 6-under 136. Schmelzel had a 67 in the morning, and Yang shot 68 in the afternoon.

Sarah Schmelzel tees off on the sixth hole during the first round in the LPGA Championship in China
Image: Sarah Schmelzel has yet to win a tournament on the LPGA tour

Schmelzel, the 30-year-old Arizonan who is winless in six seasons on the LPGA Tour, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole and stayed aggressive on the par-5 18th, knocking her 3-wood short of the green and chipping to a foot for a tap-in birdie and the low round of the championship.

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"Just staying really patient out there and aggressive off the tee was kind of our game plan this week," Schmelzel said. "I drove (the ball) really well, so fortunately able to take advantage of having some shorter irons in today."

Yang is searching for her first major title. Dealing with a back issue, she had the only bogey-free round of the tournament.

The five-time LPGA winner had no trouble with the firmness of the poa annua greens in the afternoon, successfully scrambling for par in all eight attempts. She hit her 97-yard third shot on 18 to a foot to set up a birdie.

"Fairways are so tight," Yang said. "It's very challenging out there."

Lexi Thompson is to retire from professional golf
Image: Lexi Thompson is to retire from professional golf

Thompson (72) was two strokes back with fellow major champions Jin Young Ko (68), and Hinako Shibuno (70).

Starting on the back nine, Thompson turned in 3 under 33 to reach 7 under, but made a double bogey on the par-5 second hole. Her second shot missed left, forcing a punch-out, and she three-putted for a 7. Thompson dropped another shot on the par-4 fourth.

The 29-year-old Thompson, who recently announced this season will be her last playing a full schedule, lost a playoff last week at the Meijer LPGA Classic. She hasn't won on the LPGA Tour since June 2019.

"You're going to hit some bad shots, maybe get penalized by the trees," Thompson said. "You just have to take your medicine with either pitching out or getting back into position."

Hae Ran Ryu matched the low round of the tournament with a 67 to get to 3 under with Miyu Yamashita (70) and Leona Maguire (71),

"The Course is firming up a lot," Maguire said. "It's dried out quite a bit."

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Leona Maguire and Charley Hull spoke after the first round

Brooke Henderson, who won the Women's PGA the previous time it was played at Sahalee in 2016, shot 72 and was 1 over.

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