New World No 1 Sung Hyun Park back on top at LPGA’s Kia Classic
Newly-minted World No 1 Sung Hyun Park is back in familiar territory after grabbing a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the Kia Classic.
Park, who returned to the top of the rankings after capturing her sixth LPGA title at the HSBC Women’s World Championship earlier this month, fired a six-under-par 66 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad on Friday to grab a share of the lead with Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura on 10 under par.
The 25-year-old picked up two birdies in her first nine holes and then made a big move with four birdies in the space of five holes after the turn.
🔥 HOT ROUND 🔥
— LPGA (@LPGA) March 29, 2019
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with my play today, especially the bogey-free two days in a row,” said Park, who is a superstar in her native South Korea. “The course is not easy actually. The fairways are pretty narrow and the greens are very soft and line is pretty hard to see for me.”
"My goal for this year was five wins, and I've had one so far. So four more to go."
Sung Hyun Park is trying to chase down win number two on the season, and currently has a share of the lead at -10.
INTERVIEW ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Y3tJxgA12O
— LPGA (@LPGA) March 30, 2019
Thidapa made three birdies on each side to also sign for a 66 and join Park on 10-under 134.
“Those greens are not that easy,” she said. “Just play solid and hopefully keep making birdies.”
The duo are one stroke clear of overnight leader Chella Choi, who carded a 70, and fellow South Korean Inbee Park, who shot a 67.
“It was a really good day out there,” said Inbee. “My putter really worked well. Hit the ball pretty solid last couple days.”
Australian Minjee Lee and Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe follow two shots further back in a tie for fifth after a pair of 69s.
They are one shot clear of former World No 1 Stacy Lewis (68) and Mexico’s Gaby Lopez (70).
New Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald motivated by ‘bitter’ memories of 2021 defeat
Stenson was stripped of the role for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
The task facing Luke Donald after replacing Henrik Stenson
Stenson was appointed on March 15 and said he was fully committed to a role before signing with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Tony Finau claims second straight PGA Tour victory
The American won the 3M Open in his previous outing.
Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m debut win in LIV Golf
The Swede was stripped of his role as Europe captain after joining the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.
Former Masters champion Bubba Watson becomes latest player to join LIV Golf
The left-hander is currently sidelined by a knee injury and is not expected to play until next season,
Luke Donald tipped to replace Henrik Stenson as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Swede lost the job 127 days after his appointment following his decision to join the LIV Golf series.
Max Homa: Tiger Woods now understands the respect he commands from his peers
Homa has made no secret of his admiration for Woods.
Bernard Gallacher fears Greg Norman is not the man for compromise with LIV Golf
Players who have resigned from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf will not be eligible for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Brooke Henderson takes two-shot lead into final round of Evian Championship
South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon climbed into outright second place on 15 under.