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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the KPMG PGA Championship and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

Round 1 and Round 2 are in the books at Olympia Fields and the KPMG/PGA Women’s Championship is moving along, with plenty of players under par.

Leading the way is Danielle Kang, Se Young Kim and Chella Choi at 7 under par.

But lurking just behind is the new #1 player in the world So Yeon Ryu at 5 under par, and Lydia Ko at 4 under par. Defending champion Brooke Henderson  is at 5 under par.

The day started with the first round having to be completed, since 30 players did not finish round 1 due to rain. That round was completed quickly and Round 2 went off on time.

The yardage for Round 2, was pushed back by tournament officials from 6,596 in Round 1, to 6,621 in Round 2, an increase of twenty five yards.

THE PAR 3 16TH HOLE of the championship routing for the KPMG/Women’s PGA Championship.

That didn’t stop Kelly Shon from having her best tournament round of her career, by two shots when she carded an 8 under par 63.

Shon admitted to being a bit out of sorts in Round 1, saying that she, “didn’t carry myself the way i should out here, I got mad at my caddie and frustrated overall. I was disappointed in myself.”

But her putting in Round 2, was nothing to be frustrated with as she started her second round with a 90 foot birdie, when she admits she could not even see the hole very well. Shon ended her media session by saying that her weekend game plan will depend on predicted overnight rains and the amount of wind.

THE 12TH HOLE OF the KPMG Championship Routing on the North Course at Olympia Fields.

Danielle Kang has played 36 holes of bogey free golf, and that has given her a share of the lead.

The two-time amateur champion is looking for her first win out on tour as a professional. Kang has fought through a fracture of the lunate, and a problem with her back.

Right now the pain is something she can deal with, as she keeps giving herself the birdie opportunities that she needs.

Click here to hear interviews with So Yeon Ryu -5 and Lydia Ko -4.

Henderson carded a two under par 69 to go with her first round 68, two bogeys on her front nine kept her from having a share of the lead. Michelle Wie jumped on to the first page of the leader board with a one under par 70, leaving her just three shots back off the lead. Wie opened her round with a par but made birdie on her second hole, then strung together 12 straight pars before she could make another birdie. Wie bogeyed the final hole to fall back to the three shot deficit.

The cut fell at +2, and 72 players were able to stick around for the weekend. For more information on the KPMG/ Womens PGA Championship at Olympia Fields, stay clicked into this website and join us on Am 750 WNDZ at 9 AM tomorrow morning.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.