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Inbee Park maintains share of lead at HSBC Women’s World despite putter ‘betrayal’

Inbee Park maintains a share of the lead at the HSBC Women’s World Championship despite what she known as a “betrayal” of her putter. Park’s second-round 69 places her knotted with previous buddy Hee Young Park (no relation) at 11-under 133. They’re two strokes forward of compatriot Hyo Joo Kim and China’s Xiyu Lin.

“Everything has been very consistently good,” mentioned Inbee. “My driving to my iron shots to everything has been pretty good. I could have easily shot 7-, 8-under par if my putter worked a little bit better. But today was just not the putting day.”

Inbee, a two-time winner of this occasion, has her husband/caddie on the bag in steamy Singapore. After having fun with a robust day on the greens Thursday, Park mentioned her husband bowed out of studying greens after about 4 holes on Friday, leaving her to it. She had 28 putts within the second spherical.

“I think he was maybe feeling sorry or not feeling confident,” mentioned Inbee. “After that, I started reading my putts.

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“Like I said, it is a little different to having a professional caddie obviously, but he definitely has a good side as well. I think it’s just good fun. I wouldn’t say he wants to do it all year. It’s just a once-a-year thing he needs to do. It’s going to be too hard on him. Watching from outside is probably a lot easier for him than watching it so close and being part of the game is quite different. So I don’t want to give him a hard time every weekend out.”

Brad Beecher has been on Park’s bag for nearly the whole lot of her skilled profession. With strict COVID-19 restrictions in place, the only way G.H. could travel with his wife was to caddie for her during the two-week Asian swing.

Inbee, who’s in search of her twenty second profession LPGA title, mentioned Beecher has texted each day to supply assist.

“Every day he’s been texting me and getting the cheers from him,” mentioned Park. “Yeah, I’m sure he’s watching on TV and he said – we just told him how hard it is in this hot weather and he said it’s only going to get better as the day goes on, and I think he was pretty correct.”

Inbee and Hee Young graduated from the identical center faculty in South Korea. Hee Young, a three-time winner on the LPGA, is now in her 14th season on tour. She’s had two earlier two-10 finishes at the HSBC in 10 appearances. Hee Young married Joe Joo-jong, a Ok-Pop music government, in 2018, and mentioned she and Inbee loved speaking about life exterior of golf throughout Friday’s spherical.

“I’ve known her really long time, probably almost 20 years now,” mentioned Hee Young. “Then now we’ve got both husband and play on the tour. A little bit of joking about we really, you know, hang out just husband and wife, only each other, feel a little different, but we really enjoyed it. A lot of personal talk a little bit out there. It makes it a little fun to play golf.”

Lydia Ko (68) and Hannah Green (66), two gamers who’ve proven terrific kind in current weeks, are tied for seventh, 4 strokes again.

“First off, there’s not as much wind,” mentioned Ko when requested about scoring circumstances, “so I think for a lot of the pin positions, you can be pretty aggressive with. I think when you’re on the green, even when it’s 30 feet, the greens are rolling so good that you’ve got a good chance of holing them.

“So I think the course just being in really good condition makes it a lot easier for us not having to judge, okay, is it going to bounce or what is it going to do. So from that point, it’s I think just really nice to play a golf course like that.”

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