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Inbee Park takes 1-stroke lead at LPGA event in Singapore

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Park household — No. 2-ranked Inbee Park and her husband and caddie Gi — led the best way after the opening spherical of the HSBC Women’s World Championship on Thursday.

Park birdied two of her last three holes in a bogey-free spherical for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead at the LPGA Tour event.

“I feel I’m going to present him 10 (out of 10) and possibly 10 for the remainder of the week as a result of I’m actually grateful that he’s doing this for me and in this warmth,” Park said. “I’m just really thankful that he’s carrying the bag.”

Park’s common caddie, Brad Beecher of Australia, was not in a position to carry her bag due to coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

Park is the defending Olympic champion and has two earlier wins at the Singapore event, in 2015 and 2017.

Hee Young Park (65) holed out from the green for an eagle to start out her again 9 and birdied three of her last 5 holes and was a stroke behind. Five gamers have been three strokes off the lead in third with 67s, together with Women’s British Open champion Sophia Popov.

Lydia Ko, whose win in Hawaii per week in the past moved her as much as No. 7, shot 69, whereas No. 1-ranked Jin Young Ko had a 71 and No. 5 Danielle Kang shot 72.

ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit shot 70. The 21-year-old Thai, who performed faculty golf at UCLA, received the primary main championship of the yr in her rookie season on tour.

Former Women’s PGA champion Hannah Green shot 71 and now has 13 consecutive rounds underneath par. Green was one in all solely three gamers who shot in the 60s all 4 rounds in Los Angeles final week in a event received by Brooke Henderson.

Sung-hyun Park, the defending champion from 2019, shot 78.

There is restricted spectator entry to the course due to the pandemic. Singapore has had solely 30 deaths attributed to COVID-19 and a lot of the present virus circumstances are those that have arrived from abroad and are in quarantine.

Players needed to endure COVID-19 testing earlier than they left for Singapore and as soon as they arrived.

The tour strikes to the Bangkok space subsequent week for the Honda LPGA Thailand. A 3rd event in China deliberate for the next week was canceled due to virus restrictions.

Current plans are to have the LPGA return to Asia later this yr — from mid-October to early November — for 4 tournaments in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. All 4 tournaments have been final performed throughout the identical interval in 2019.


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