No. 1 in the world, Jin-young Ko tied for 58th… Defending Champ Park Sung-Hyun placed 66th
Park In-bi (33) and Park Hee-young (34) took the lead in the second round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship ($1.6 million in total prize money) on the LPGA Tour.
They recorded 11-under-par 133 strokes until the second round of the tournament held at Singapore Sentosa Golf Club’s New Tanjong Course (par 72, 6,740 yards), placing their names at the top of the leaderboard.
Park In-Bee, who took the lead by driving 8 under par without first round bogie, cut three strokes with five birdies and two bogies, continuing the chance to add a win in a month since last month’s KIA Classic.
If he wins this tournament, Park In-bi will win two seasons and 22 LPGA Tour career victories, and will be the third top in HSBC Women’s World Championships alone after 2015 and 2017.
Park Hee-young, who started the second round with 2nd place by one stroke, grabbed 5 buddies and blocked Bogie with 1, reducing 4 strokes, and embarked on a challenge to win 4 wins on the LPGA tour, side by side with Park In-bi.
As Park In-bi was unable to maintain the momentum of the first round, competition for the lead was fierce.
Park In-bi wrote down the first example of this tournament with the second shot of the 3rd hole (par 4) off the green and the next shot went downhill and couldn’t save the par, allowing Park Hee-young to lead the joint.
Park Hee-young climbed to the top alone with a birdie on the 6th hole (par 4), but Park In-bi followed by a three-hole birdie march in a row starting with a long putt on the 7th hole (par 3).
In the middle of the game, Kim Hyo-joo made a brief leap to the single lead, but Park In-bi, who regained his sense of putt, thinned out the birdie in the 13th (par 5) and 15th hole (par 3) and beat it again.
Park Hee-young, who was chasing by a single stroke, finished the 18th hole (par 4) with a birdie and made a joint lead and pledged for the third round.
At a press conference after the game, Inbi Park said, “I misread putt several times.
I was particularly struggling in the first half,” he said. “I tried to find momentum, but after the 7th hole buddy, I got better.
Today putt wasn’t very good, but I hope that the remaining two days will be better.”
Regarding the companion round with Park Hee-young, “We are about the same age and are among the oldest on the tour.
Both of them weren’t the same 10 years ago, so I had a lot of fun talking about it being very difficult in this weather,” he said. “I look forward to playing again tomorrow with him who has an excellent swing.”
Park Hee-young also said, “Since I’ve known with Inbi for over 20 years, we talked a lot about personally.
I had fun playing,” he replied.
He said, “A lot of buddies came out, so I finished it nicely.
As the green gets faster and the pin position gets harder, the key is to grasp the green speed,” he said, revealing his plan to pay particular attention to the putt.
Kim Hyo-joo tied 6 buddies and 2 bogies, reducing 4 strokes to place a tie for 3rd place (9 under par 135) with the lead.
Kim Hyo-ju, who returned to the LPGA tour this year after playing only on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour last year due to concerns about the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), won 2 wins and climbed to the top prize and average at-bats. Cruised towards the season’s best performance.
Kim Hyo-joo’s LPGA Tour championship has been more than five years since Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January 2016.
Yoo So-yeon (31) was tied for 5th place (8-under par 136 shots) with Carlotta Times (Spain), and Yang Hee-young (32) followed by Lydia Go (New Zealand) and 7th place (7 under par 137 shots).
Ko Jin-young (26), the world’s No. 1 player, lost 4 strokes without a buddy and fell to 58th place (three over par 147 strokes).
Park Seong-hyun (28), who won the 2019 championship as a defending champion because the tournament was not held last year due to Corona 19, reduced one stroke in the second round, but stayed in the lowest ranked joint 66th place (5 over par 149 strokes).
Only 69 people will participate in this tournament, and round 4 will be played without dropping out of the cut.