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Golf: Spaniards pressure Park at HSBC Women’s Champions

Park In-bee shared the lead for the second straight day at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Photos: HSBC Getty Images.

March 6, 2015: World No. 2 Park In-bee carded a three-under-par 69 to remain a co-leader for a second day at the HSBC Women’s Champions and will be surrounded by Spaniards for the third round of the US$1.4 million LPGA event in Singapore.

 

Carlota Ciganda, 24, carded a day’s best 66 at Sentosa Golf Club to share the lead on nine-under, while fellow Spaniard Azahara Munoz – who lost to Paula Creamer in last year’s playoff – will also play in Saturday’s final group after moving to seven-under with a 67.

 

Lydia Ko (70), the 17-year-old World No. 1, former No. 1s Stacy Lewis (69) and Karrie Webb (70), and Jenny Shin (70) are a further shot back at six-under.

 

Park, who was top of the Rolex Rankings until being leapfrogged by Ko in early February, was in confident mood after carding a second straight bogey-free round, having started with 13 straight pars over the Serapong.

 

“It was a good round. Overall everything tee‑to‑green was perfect, but on the greens, one to 13, I missed about nine or 10 opportunities. I hit the ball great, but it could have been a much better day. I had more opportunities than yesterday, but just didn’t hole as many,” said Park, whose 12 LPGA titles include five majors.

 

“I thought today was going to end with just no birdies as nothing wanted to drop, but I was lucky enough to hole three of the last five holes (14, 15 and 18). It could have been a better day, but I’m really satisfied the way I finished, especially because bogey-free through two days is a great result.”

 

Carlota Ciganda carded a 66 for the day’s low round as she bids for a first LPGA title.

Carlota Ciganda carded a 66 for the day’s low round as she bids for a first LPGA title.

Ciganda, runner-up to Ko in last November’s Tour Championship, bogeyed the first and 15th holes, but the 24-year-old from Pamplona bagged four birdies on each nine to match Thursday’s low round carded by Park and Yani Tseng, who dropped off the pace with a 75.

 

“I had a very good day. I’m very happy with my score. I feel very comfortable out there on the course and had a great time playing with Stacy [Lewis] and [Park] Hee-young. I really like this course and I’m playing good, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend,” said Ciganda, who’s looking for her first win since joining the LPGA in 2012, the year she topped the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit.

 

“I think I’m ready and I think it helps being here a few years. Last year, I finished playing really good in the LPGA and LET. I’m confident, I’m happy, so I’m going to try my best and if I win, good, and if I don’t win, I just want to keep learning and just keep playing.”

 

For leaderboard, visit: www.lpga.com/tournaments/hsbc-womens-champions/leaderboard

 

Source: HSBC Women’s Champions (www.hsbcgolf.com/womens); Editing by SportAsia

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