Lee was unable to fully recover from her opening 75 although she was out in 33 today to give herself hope.
A double bogey at the 14th hole, however, put paid to any real chance of advancing to the final 36 holes and she missed just her second cut in 2019 and her first in a major since the Women’s British Open two years ago.
For Kemp, the week represents a milestone as it is the first cut the New South Welshwoman has made in a major championship since the 2016 KPMG PGA Championship and the first cut in her last seven starts in 2019.
Kemp was outside the cut-line until she produced two birdies and an eagle over her closing four holes to make it by three in 31st place.
Kirk has played this event well in the last two years finishing 3rd and 10th in those two starts and after two early birdies that record appeared as if it might continue until a series of bogeys in the middle of her round saw her lose ground. A late birdie steadied the ship however and she is tied with Kemp in 31st position.
Su Oh at 1 over is in 47th place while making the cut on the number was recent KPMG PGA Champion, Hannah Green, who added a second consecutive 72 to be at 2 over.
Green also appeared to be headed for the weekend off until an eagle at the 15th and a birdie at 16 allowed her to sneak into the final 36 holes.
The leader is Mi Hyang Lee who leads by one over fellow South Koreans, the world number one, Sung Hyun Park, Inbee Park and Hyo Joo Kim.
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