Kim leads LPGA with Minjee Lee in the hunt

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Breakthrough winners in their last LPGA starts, Sei Young Kim and Ally McDonald were at the head of the field at the Pelican Women's Championship in Florida.

World No.2 Kim, making her first start since winning the Women's PGA last month for her first major title, shot a 5-under 65 at Pelican Golf Club to take a one-stroke lead over McDonald into the weekend.

Not that Kim was paying attention to the leaderboard.

"Golf is compete with myself, I think," Kim said.

"If you see the leaderboard then I think I think about the other things. I just want to think about focus on myself and what I have to do."

Kim had an 8-under 132 total in the first-year tournament originally set for the same week as the PGA Championship in May.

The 11-time LPGA Tour winner birdied four of the first five holes and added another on the par-5 14th.

McDonald had a 66 on Friday.

She won her first LPGA Tour title late last month in Georgia - in the tour's previous event.

"My ball-striking was just a little off yesterday, but managed to play really solid," McDonald said.

First-round leader Sophia Popov (70), the Women's British Open winner at Royal Troon in August, was tied for third at 6 under with Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow (65) while Elizabeth Szokol (66) was a shot further back in fifth.

Australian world No.8 Minjee Lee carded a 1-under 69 to join former world No.1 Lydia Ko (67) and Lindsey Weaver (68) in a tie dfor sixth at 3-under.

Sarah Jane Smith (72, 1-over), Su Oh (72, 3-over) and Hannah Green (72, 5-over) were the other Australian to make the cut.