Lydia Ko shoots up leaderboard after sensational effort in Singapore

Mar 05, 2017, 00:30
Lydia Ko shoots up leaderboard after sensational effort in Singapore

Inbee Park birdied the final hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Hur Mi-Jung in the HSBC Women's Champions.

Wie's career has been in a tail-spin since she won the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst but after overcoming injury, adopting a new putting stance and arriving in Singapore early to scout out the course, the 27-year-old has looked revitalised.

"It's a marathon this week, it's not a sprint", said Wie.

Among the other Thai competitors, Moriya Jutanugarn was at 6 under, two shots ahead of Pornanong Phatlum, who was the runner-up to Jang previous year.

Top-ranked Lydia Ko (68) was 7 under.

Bjork had a 67 to match Jamieson at 10-under 132 at Pretoria Country Club. Five others were tied for second after 67s - Olympic champion Park In-bee, Brooke Henderson, Mo Martin, Anna Nordqvist and Ariya Jutanugarn. "I think it's going to be a putting game tomorrow and somebody that putts really consistently well, I think is going to have the best opportunity to hold the trophy at the end of tomorrow". "I made a clumsy bogey on 17, but it was nice to bounce back with the birdie on the last".

Defending champion Jang Ha-na is a further shot adrift on 11-under alongside 2015 victor and fellow Korean Park In-bee in a tie for fifth place after a lengthy weather delay had slowed down play at the New Tanjong Course in soggy Singapore.

Park, playing just her second tournament since a six-month layoff, made five birdies in a bogey-free round but said she was still a long way off her best. I think it's just trying to keep the calm emotions going.

"I didn't want to ruin the day with one bad hole with an unlucky shot".

She was 12-under for the event, just one shot behind leader Michelle Wie, when play was suspended due to lightning.

Pettersen also briefly found herself in front after making seven birdies, including three in a row from the 10th, only to drop two shots in her last four holes. "I just kept it steady, and made a good up-and-down on the last hole which I'm really proud of". "I will definitely take that shot", she said.

Wie, who has not won on the LPGA Tour since 2014 when she claimed her third title, stormed back from a slow start when she bogeyed the third hole to add eight birdies and a bogey for her round of 66.

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