In-Bee surges in Sin­ga­pore

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SIN­GA­PORE: Olympic cham­pion Park In-Bee re­cov­ered from a rare dou­ble bo­gey to grab the out­right lead af­ter the sec­ond round of the HSBC Women’s Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment yes­ter­day.

Play­ing just her sec­ond tour­na­ment af­ter a six-month break to re­cover from a thumb in­jury, the South Korean shot a sec­ond straight five-un­der-par 67 at Sen­tosa Golf Club to lead by a sin­gle stroke at 10-un­der 134.

Three play­ers — Amer­i­can Michelle Wie (69), South Korean Hur Mi-Jung (67) and Thai­land’s Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (68) — were locked in a three-way tie for sec­ond at nine-un­der.

Norway’s Suzann Pet­tersen (67) and South Korean Park SungHyun (68) were a fur­ther shot back on a packed leader­board.

In-Bee had gone 29 holes without drop­ping a shot at the par-72 New Tan­jong course when she missed the green with her ap­proach on the 12th hole and then fluffed her chip, tak­ing a dou­ble bo­gey six.

But she re­cov­ered from her mis­take with a birdie at the 14th, and then calmly drained a five­foot putt at the fi­nal hole for her sev­enth birdie of the day to seize the half­way lead.

“It was just re­ally un­lucky. I had a re­ally good drive down the mid­dle and I had mud on the ball,” In­Bee said.

“I was on the right side and I knew it was go­ing to go left, and I aimed right but it went 30 yards left. I hit a good shot but it’s that un­lucky bounce. Mak­ing dou­ble­bo­gey was a mis­take.

“I didn’t want to ruin the day with one bad hole with an un­lucky shot. I think it’s just try­ing to keep the calm emo­tions go­ing. Ob­vi­ously there was a few birdie holes com­ing in, so I was try­ing to get a cou­ple from there.”

Park In-Bee

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