Women’s top two in lead­ing pack at LPGA In­cheon

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Women’s top two Park Sung-hyun of South Korea and Thai­land’s Ariya Ju­tanu­garn were among four play­ers tied for the sec­ond-round lead at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day. Also on eight un­der at the Sky 72 Golf Club in In­cheon, South Korea, were Eng­land’s Charley Hull, ranked 33, and 29thranked Danielle Kang of the US.

World num­ber one Park three-putted twice but birdied three of the last six holes for a four-un­der 68 to se­cure her po­si­tion in the lead­ing group on eight un­der par.

“Over­all, it wasn’t a bad round,” she said. “Those mis­cues stuck in my mind for a bit, but I was able to pick up a hand­ful of birdies as well.”

Ariya bo­geyed two of the first four holes but stormed back with six birdies on the back nine for a round of 67 at the par-72 course.

“I didn’t watch the leader­board be­cause af­ter my front nine, I didn’t care about the lead,” she said, ac­cord­ing to Yon­hap news agency. “I just played golf.”

Park and Ariya are the only LPGA play­ers with three vic­to­ries this year. Hull, who is seek­ing her first win for nearly two years, said she felt “like my game is up there”. Ja­panese teenager Nasa Hataoka, who led af­ter the first round, fell back with a one-over-par 73 to tie for fifth with New Zealand’s Korean-born former world num­ber one Ly­dia Ko, two shots be­hind the lead­ers.

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