Rookie SungHyun surges

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ANN AR­BOR: LPGA Tour rookie Park Sung-Hyun of South Korea shot a seven-un­der-par 65 on Fri­day to take a two-stroke lead af­ter two rounds of the Volvik Cham­pi­onship at Travis Pointe Coun­try Club in Ann Ar­bor, Michi­gan.

Sung-Hyun had a two-day to­tal of 12-un­der, leav­ing her ahead of Suzann Pet­tersen of Nor­way, who shot 67 on Fri­day, and Lee Min­jee of Aus­tralia, who fired a 66, both at 10-un­der par.

Three Amer­i­cans — Lizette Salas, Cyd­ney Clan­ton and Jen­nifer Song — joined Feng Shan­shan of China and Sarah Jane Smith of Aus­tralia, who were all tied for fourth at nine-un­der.

“I started birdie-birdie on the first two holes and af­ter that I kind of lost it a lit­tle bit,” SungHyun said through an in­ter­preter. “But go­ing into the back nine, the first hole, on 10, I made a birdie, and from that point on I think my putting kind of came back alive.”

Sung-Hyun dom­i­nated last sea­son on the Korean LPGA, top­ping the money list with seven vic­to­ries in 2017. She com­peted in seven events on the LPGA Tour in 2016 and tied for sec­ond at the Evian Cham­pi­onship.

Sung-Hyun has three top-four fin­ishes on the LPGA Tour this year and leads the Rookie of the Year stand­ings. AFP

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