Park and Ciganda tied at the top

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Inbee Park and Carlota Ciganda are tied for the lead of the HSBC Women’s Champions after the second round.

The duo are locked on nine under, two strokes ahead of Azahara Munoz who by herself in third place on seven under.

Ciganda’s round consisted of two bogeys and eight birdies, leaving her with a sold six under 66. Park, in the meantime, rolled in three birdies on her last five holes to finish the day with a 69

“I was lucky enough to hole the last three out of six holes, so I think I thought today was going to end with just no birdies. Nothing wanted to drop today,” said the former world number one on lpga.com.

“It could have been a better day but I’m really satisfied the way I finished, especially bogey through two days is a great result.”

Meanwhile, Ciganda revealed that she has been buoyed by the presence of family and friends in the crowd.

“I’m feeling confident and happy, hitting the ball good,” said the Spaniard.

“I’m happy with my caddie. My dad is here, my uncle and other friends. We are having a great time outside the golf course and I think that’s also very important to enjoy yourself when you’re not on the golf course.

“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.”

World number one Lydia Ko is three shots off the pace on six under with America’s Stacy Lewis and veteran Karrie Webb.

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