Seven years after missing a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation and losing a playoff, In-Kyung Kim was back on top at the ANA Inspiration.

Kim shot a 7-under 65 in mostly calm morning conditions Friday at Mission Hills to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the second round of the first major golf championship of the year. The 30-year-old South Korean had an 8-under 136 total.

In 2012, Kim missed the short par putt to fall into a playoff and lost when Sun Young Yoo birdied the first extra hole. Kim struggled with the loss before finally ending a long victory drought late in the 2016 season in China. Her confidence renewed, she won three times the following year, capped by a major victory in the Women’s British Open.

In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Katherine Kirk was second, bogeying the final two holes in a 68.

First-round leader Ally McDonald followed her opening 68 in the wind Thursday with a 72 to remain at 4 under.

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In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, waves after her putt on the second hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, waves after her putt on the second hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Katherine Kirk hits out of a fairway bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Katherine Kirk hits out of a fairway bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the 118th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Michelle Wie watches her tee shot on the 118th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Ally McDonald watches her tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Ally McDonald watches her tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club Friday, April 5, 2019, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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