South Korea’s Park In-bee overcame difficult conditions to lead the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship with an eight-below par of 64 as they seek their third title in Singapore on Thursday.
Although she confessed that she doesn’t appreciate the heat, the reigning Olympic champion showed she is still one for the big occasion by signing for a bogey-free card, marked by eight birdies.
The tournament, canceled last year due to the pandemic, is the first event on any international golf tour in Asia since the Asian Tour’s Malaysian Open in March last year.
“I don’t like the heat, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to play badly. It was obviously a distraction with the hot weather as I was really trying to focus on the golf course,” said Park.
Park’s husband and coach Nam Gi-hyeob is on her bag as she tries to complete her hat-trick in Singapore, after winning twice at Sentosa Golf Club in 2017 and 2015.
“I’m going to give him 10/10 for what he does for me, especially in such tough conditions this week. I’m really grateful he’s here. I don’t need anything. I just need to him next to me, carrying the bag, that’s all, ”she added.
Park, who kicked off his LPGA season with a end-to-end victory at the Kia Classic last month in California, carded his first birdie on the par four third before adding three more birdies at holes five, seven and eight.
After turning 32, she continued her birdie run on the 10th and 13th holes before coming home with two more birdies in the last three holes to take the lead.
“My putting has improved a lot this year, starting with the first round. I putts especially those 10-15 feet and that has been the main difference in my performance this year,” she said. declared.
Fellow Park Hee-young followed the world number two in second with a shot after returning a 65.
Germany’s Caroline Masson and Sophia Popov, as well as China’s Lin Xiyu and South Korea’s Kim Hyo-joo and Ryu So-yeon are tied for third place out of 67.
Defending champion Park Sung-hyun of South Korea had a day to forget after posting a 78 to start her title defense down the field without a cut to 69 players.
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