Park takes lead at LPGA event in Singapore

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SINGAPORE — 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 Ladies’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 on the LPGA Tour match.

“I believe I will give him 10 (out of 10) and doubtless 10 for the remainder of the week as a result of I am actually grateful that he is doing this for me and on this warmth,” Park mentioned. “I am simply actually grateful that he is carrying the bag.”

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

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

Hee Younger 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. 5 gamers have been three strokes off the lead in third with 67s, together with Ladies’s British Open champion Sophia Popov.

Lydia Ko, whose win in Hawaii every week in the past moved her as much as No. 7, shot 69, whereas No. 1-ranked Jin Younger 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 school golf at UCLA, gained the primary main championship of the yr in her rookie season on tour.

Former Ladies’s PGA champion Hannah Inexperienced shot 71 and now has 13 consecutive rounds below par. Inexperienced was considered one of solely three gamers who shot within the 60s all 4 rounds in Los Angeles final week in a match gained by Brooke Henderson.

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

There’s 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 instances are those that have arrived from abroad and are in quarantine.

Gamers needed to bear 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 match in China deliberate for the next week was canceled due to virus restrictions.

Present 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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