Golf-China’s Lin surges into lead at Ladies’s World Championship By Reuters

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(Reuters) -China’s Lin Xiyu carded an excellent five-under-par 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead over Australia’s Hannah Inexperienced and South Korea’s Inbee Park heading into the ultimate day of the HSBC Ladies’s World Championship in Singapore.

Lin obtained off to a poor begin with a bogey on the primary gap and faltered once more on the seventh, however seven birdies – together with three within the final 4 holes – took her complete to 14-under for the event on the Sentosa Golf Membership.

“I wasn’t actually listening to the leaderboard as a result of to me, the entrance 9 was somewhat sketchy,” Lin mentioned. “I made two three-putts, bizarre errors and left birdie putts quick.

“So going into the again 9 which I believed was the harder 9, I did not actually count on to play that nicely however I additionally knew there are nonetheless plenty of alternatives, so simply wanted to remain actually affected person. The final couple holes have been unreal.”

Former world primary Park, the in a single day joint-leader, dropped one spot to be tied for second following a disappointing effort after the flip the place had two bogeys earlier than a double-bogey on the sixteenth for a spherical of 70.

“I nonetheless have a possibility. That is what issues, and I will go on the market tomorrow and attempt to go low,” the 2015 and 2017 champion – who’s within the race to make the South Korean workforce for the Olympics – mentioned.

She was tied with the regular Inexperienced, whose second consecutive spherical of 66 saved her in rivalry for less than a 3rd victory on the LPGA Tour.

The main trio have been adopted by Mexico’s Gaby Lopez in fourth and a gaggle of three – Chun In-gee, Lydia Ko and Ryu So-yeon – sharing fifth.

South Korea’s Park Hee-young, who shared high spot heading into the third spherical, slipped to tied-Twenty first after her recreation went off the rails on the again 9 for a spherical of 79.

ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand was tied eleventh with British Open champion Sophia Popov after a spherical of 68.

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