Park duo share lead in Women’s World Championship

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Singapore

South Korea’s Park In-bee and Park Hee-young headed into the weekend rounds of the HSBC Women’s World Championship in joint first place after firing matching two-day totals of 11-under-par 133 on Friday.

Olympic gold medallist Park In-bee was on track to finish the day on top, until her compatriot birdied the closing par-four 18th to draw level at the tournament in Singapore.

Park In-bee had stumbled early with a bogey on the third hole but quickly regained her composure with three successive birdies from the seventh hole. However, the putting that worked so well for her on the opening day let her down after dropping another shot on 12.

“It was a little betrayal of my putter today. I misread a few putts, but I still feel like I fought pretty well,” she said.

The world number two bounced back with birdies on holes 13 and 15 before carding three straight pars to sign for a three-under-par 69 at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Park Hee-young, who is chasing her fourth LPGA victory this week, carded her first birdie on the sixth hole after five straight pars. She reached the turn in 35 and birdied 10 to move to nine-under.—APP