An­gel Yin leads LPGA Cham­pi­onship

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - By Kim Jeong-kyoo kimjs­tar@daum.net

An­gel Yin from the U.S. shot a seven-un­der 65 with an ea­gle and six birdies and one bo­gey — which she hit on the par-3 17th hole — to take the sole lead in the KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship af­ter two rounds. Yin is a con­sis­tent player with great abil­ity to hit her tee shots long and make those must-do putts; and was brim­ming with con­fi­dence in mak­ing these.

Chas­ing af­ter Yin, two shots be­hind, are Park Sung-hyun, Chun In-gee and Ko Jin-young.

Park failed to keep her name atop the leader board although she did over­come a cri­sis on the par-5 13th hole. Af­ter shoot­ing a bo­gey on the sec­ond hole, the LPGA rookie sen­sa­tion bounced back im­me­di­ately on the next hole with a birdie. Park en­joyed a win­ning streak un­til she hit her sec­ond shot way left from a down-heel lie on the 13th.

She de­clared her ball un­playable in the deep rough and took a penalty stroke. She hit her fourth shot near a small bed of reeds, fail­ing to reach the green. Af­ter a chip shot, she made a short putt, bo­gey­ing the hole.

Park then bo­geyed the par-4 16th to end the round with a three-un­der 69, shoot­ing six birdies against three bo­geys. Her loss of con­cen­tra­tion in the lat­ter part of the round left her in joint sec­ond place.

Chun shot a seven-un­der 65. Af­ter col­lect­ing two birdies and one bo­gey on the front nine, she in­cred­i­bly birdied six holes on the back nine, calmly hol­ing ev­ery clutch putt.

Ko also played im­pres­sively on the day with eight birdies against three bo­geys.

Tied for fifth place are five play­ers: Bae Seon-woo and Kim Ji-Hyun, and Cristie Kerr, Ma­rina Alex and Lizette Salas from the U.S.

Bae played a flaw­less game, gath­er­ing five birdies to shoot a 5-un­der par 67. Kim was also in good shape, fir­ing a four-un­der 68. On the front nine, Kim made a pre­cious ea­gle on the par-5 fifth hole, while col­lect­ing birdies on the sev­enth and eighth.

Kerr played a bo­gey-free round of four-un­der 68; Alex shot a three-un­der 69, col­lect­ing four con­sec­u­tive birdies on the fi­nal four holes against one bo­gey; while Salas birdied six holes against three bo­geys.

Overnight leader Kim Min-sun ended her round with a one-un­der 71, and did Min­jee Lee with four birdies and three bo­geys.

Chella Choi tied for 10th place with two others, af­ter a round of 2-un­der par 70 with six birdies against four bo­geys.

Ryu So Yeon birdied five holes against one bo­gey to place her name in 18th place on the leader board. In-Kyung Kim made six birdies against four bo­geys to tie for 25th.

At the mo­ment, Korea has four play­ers among the top 10 in the Rolex Rank­ings: World No. 1 Ryu So Yeon, No. 2 Park Sung-hyun, No. 5 In Gee Chun and No. 8 In-Kyung Kim.

AP-Yon­hap

An­gel Yin of the United States smiles af­ter fin­ish­ing the sec­ond round of the LPGA KEB HanaBank Cham­pi­onship at Sky72 Golf Club in In­cheon, Fri­day.

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