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Kemp in the hunt at Hawaii LPGA

Australian major champion Hannah Green has slid out of the lead at the LPGA Tour’s LOTTE Championship with her countrywoman Sarah Kemp now the nearest challenger to Hyo Joo Kim.

Kim birdied three of the final six holes for her second successive 5-under 67 and three strokes clear of Kemp.

Kim closed with birdies on the par-4 13th and 16th holes and the par-5 18th to reach 10 under at windy Hoakalei Country Club, the first-year venue on the south shore of Oahu, Honolulu.

Kemp jumped up from seventh to second after a 3-under 69. She chipped in for birdie on the par-4 14th.

“Really solid. Lots of fairways, greens,” Kemp said.

“I had a chip-in. Rolled it really well. It was just steady.

“I hit one fairway bunker short, but just overall really steady.”

Kim, who tied for eighth at Mission Hills in the California desert two weeks ago and has four victories on the tour, birdied the 13th and 16th holes for the second straight round.

She has played the back nine in 7 under.

“First of all, I’m satisfied,” said Kim, the 26-year-old major champion from South Korea.

“I played the same score and bogey-free round as yesterday, but more satisfied with today’s play than yesterday.”

Ariya Jutanugarn birdied two of her first five holes in a 68.

She was four stroke back at 6 under with Haeji Kang (70).

A Lim Kim followed an opening 72 with a 67 to get to 5 under, along with Na Rin An (68).

Green, the first-round leader at 66, shot a 4-over 76 to be eight strokes back.

She made three bogeys in her opening six holes and three more on 13, 15 and 16 while a mid-round revival included two birdies.

Green is tied for 17th in a group that includes fellow Australian Steph Kyriacou, who carded a 71 for the second day in a row.

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