Weekend Post (South Africa)

Olympic champ Park seizes Singapore lead

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OLYMPIC champion Park In-Bee recovered from a rare double bogey to grab the lead after the second round of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore yesterday.

Playing just her second tournament after a sixmonth 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 Sung-Hyun (68) were a further shot back.

Park 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 with a birdie at the 14th, and then drained a five-foot putt at the final hole for her seventh birdie of the day and to seize the halfway lead. – AFP

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