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Co-leader of the LPGA Q-Series playing in the United States for the second time in its history

Na Rin An had never been to Mobile, Alabama before this week. In fact, this is only his second appearance in the United States.

She’s been playing like she’s been playing here for years.

The 25-year-old South Korean tied for 63e at the 2020 US Women’s Open in Houston, shot 5 under 67 at the Crossings Course in Magnolia Grove in the second round of Friday’s LPGA Q-Series to take a share of the 36-hole lead in the event qualifier of 108 holes.

“My confidence level is quite high,” said An, who is under 9 with Sweden’s Linnea Johansson.

Year, ranked 67e in the Rolex rankings, has played on the KLPGA since turning pro in 2017, amassing two wins and eight other top-3s. She also tied for third in the BMW LPGA Women’s Championship last season in her native South Korea.

Its goal, however, is to experience many different cultures, which would certainly be helped by obtaining an LPGA card.

“It’s a tour that I’ve always wanted to challenge myself to play on,” An said of the LPGA. “That’s why I’m here.”

An is among 110 players taking part in Q-Series this month. A 70-player cut and ties will be made after Sunday’s fourth round, and qualifying players will face off in an additional 72 holes starting next Thursday at the Highland Oaks Golf Club in Dothan, Alabama.

Johansson, a 28-year-old Oklahoma State producer, also shot 67 points on Friday at the Crossings, although she missed her final hole to give up the lead in solo. She was a rookie the past two seasons on the LPGA, but she only competed in eight events last season and finished 170th in CME points.

“It has been a difficult year,” said Johansson. “It’s been a constant chore, and I just think you just have to be patient. It’s like you go there, the girls are good, which they should be because they are the best players in the world. So I think you just have to be patient, go to every tournament you can to be your best, stick to your game plan and hopefully things will eventually kick in. .

“It will take time, but you just gotta love to give it that time.” “

Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, a member of this year’s Solheim European Cup squad, is tied for third with South Korean Hye-Jin Choi at 8. Another flashback is a large group which includes Pauline Roussin-Bouchard of France, who played two seasons in South Carolina and was the best amateur in the world earlier this year before turning pro.

Kaitlyn Papp (-6), Atthaya Thitikul (-5), Anne van Dam (-4), Frida Kinhult (-2), Haley Moore (-2), Mariah Stackhouse (-1), Andrea Lee (E) and Linn Grant (+1) are among those inside the projected cut line through two turns. Fans Vivian Hou (-2), Beatrice Wallin (-1), Gina Kim (-1), Polly Mack (-1), Yusang Hou (E) and Brooke Matthews (+1) are also among the number.

Hinako Shibuno (+2), fancier Karen Fredgaard (+3), Sierra Brooks (+6) and Virginia Elena Carta (+9) are among those below the projected cut line.

But as An argued, there is still a lot of golf to be played.

“It’s only been two days,” An said, “so I think it’s a bit early to say I’m safe.”