Rookie SungHyun surges
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