Sharp displaying excellence at Manulife Classic
Alena Sharp is in a three-way tie for the lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic despite calling a penalty on herself.
Sharp carded a neat 66 on Friday to get to 12-under-par for the week. That number leads at the moment however Lexi Thompson and Kim Hyo-joo are on the same score.
The Canadien’s round could have been so much better though had she kept a double-bogey-seven off her card at the easy par-five third hole where Sharp called a penalty on herself.
The winless Sharp said the infraction happened after her ball had stopped in short grass, hard up against a collar of rough.
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“When I addressed my chip shot the ball moved,” she told reporters.
“I don’t think I completely grounded my club, but the way the rule reads, I was going to ground my club and the ball moved.
“I needed to call it on myself because I was going to be thinking about it all day.
“Two dimples, but it moved.
“I’m totally all about the rules and etiquette and I just would never not call it on myself when the ball moves like that.”
After summoning a rules official to confirm the one-shot penalty, Sharp chunked her chip and walked away with a seven.
She showed great composure to recover though and is now certainly in position to win her first event on the LPGA Tour.
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