Sung Hyun Park back in familiar territory at Thornberry Classic
Less than a week after clinching her second win of the year and returning to the World No 1 spot, Sung Hyun Park is back in the lead.
The 25-year-old South Korean fired a spectacular nine-under-par 62 to claim a one-shot advantage at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic on Friday.
Park rolled in four straight birdies beginning at the par-four sixth and then repeated the feat after the turn with another four straight starting from the par-five 13th.
That saw her finish with a 17-under 127 total at the halfway stage of the LPGA Tour event in Oneida, Wisconsin, one shot clear of tour rookie Yealimi Noh.
Players continued to shoot low scores in Wisconsin as things heat up at the @thornberrylpga.
HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/dnKcCENB1g
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 6, 2019
“I made four birdies in a row twice today. I honestly didn’t know,” Park said. “When I was eight under today, I thought I was seven under.”
Park is fresh off a win at last week’s NW Arkansas Championship – her second of the year following her triumph at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in March – and one that saw her return to the top of the world rankings.
It’s a far cry from second-placed Noh, who is making her pro debut at this tournament after turning down a college offer to head straight to the LPGA.
The 17-year-old opened with a 63 on Thursday and followed it up with another impressive round of 65 to lie one shot off the pace.
— LPGA (@LPGA) July 6, 2019
Former World No 1 Ariya Jutanugarn follows a further shot behind in third after adding a 64 to her opening 65.
Jutanugarn expects to see a lot of birdies on the weekend.
“Actually, I feel like it’s really tough for me because I felt like every hole, everybody have the chance to make birdie,” she said.
American’s Mina Harigae and Tiffany Joh are tied for fourth at 14 under after rounds of 63 and 66 respectively.
Steve Stricker makes Padraig Harrington sweat as Irishman wins US Senior Open
The pair were rival captains in last year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
Golfers warned of further sanctions if they continue to play in LIV breakaway
The DP World Tour has issued fines of £100,000 and tournament bans to its members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf event earlier this month
DP World Tour hits members who played inaugural LIV series with £100,000 fines
They have also been banned from several forthcoming tournaments including the Scottish Open.
Rory McIlroy not impressed as Brooks Koepka becomes latest big name to join LIV
The world number two labelled the players who have joined the new series as “duplicitous” for the way they have handled their breakaway.
R&A confirms LIV Golf Series players will be allowed to compete at Open
The 150th Open Championship will get underway at St Andrews in three weeks’ time.
Matt Fitzpatrick turns to other major winners for advice on dealing with fame
Fitzpatrick won the US Open on Sunday.
Brooks Koepka set to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series
Koepka’s brother Chase played in the opening event at Centurion Club earlier this month.
Gary Player urges Matt Fitzpatrick to avoid ‘poison’ of modern-day coaching
Player tells US Open champion Fitzpatrick to learn from mistakes of recent major winners, saying: “The teaching today is the worst it has ever been.”
Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddie Billy Foster ready for ‘long party’ after US Open win
Foster won his first major after a 40-year career which includes spells working for the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.
Matt Fitzpatrick backed to become a dominant force after winning first major
The Englishman claimed his first major title at Brookline.