(Reuters) – Former world primary Inbee Park hit a flawless eight-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening spherical of the HSBC Women’s World Championship on Thursday because the LPGA returned to Asia for the primary time in 18 months.
The seven-times main winner, bidding for a 3rd win within the match after 2015 and 2017 triumphs, snared eight birdies in sweltering circumstances at Singapore’s Sentosa course to high the leaderboard forward of fellow South Korean Park Hee-young (65).
“I had a great day today,” stated the world quantity two. “It was a great putting day, I hit the ball really well and made plenty of fairways and greens.”
The 32-year-old hit a elegant method shot on the third gap to begin her birdie blitz and would have been even additional in entrance of the sphere had she not simply missed a comparatively simple putt on the final.
Park Hee-young’s mixture of an eagle, six birdies and a single bogey gave her a two-shot benefit over 5 gamers who carded 67s for a share of third at a match generally dubbed “Asia’s major”.
Former world primary Park Sung-hyun, who gained the match the final time it was held in 2019, continued her poor run of kind with the worst spherical of the day, a six-over-par 78.
She is assured to play on the weekend, nonetheless, because the 69-player occasion has no lower.
Park Inbee stated it had been hotter out on the course than in earlier years at Sentosa.
“I’m just looking to get through the next three days and get out of here,” she stated.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Graff)