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 in Singapore on Friday.
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 Sung-Hyun (68) were a further shot back on a packed leaderboard.
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 from her mistake with a birdie at the 14th, and then calmly drained a five-foot 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,” Park 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.—AFP