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Golf-China’s Lin surges into lead at Women’s World Championship

FILE PHOTO: Dec 10, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Xiyu Lin takes a tee shot off the 1st tee box during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at Champions Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2021

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

Lin got off to a poor start with a bogey on the first hole and faltered again on the seventh, but seven birdies – including three in the last four holes – took her total to 14-under for the tournament at the Sentosa Golf Club.

“I wasn’t really paying attention to the leaderboard because to me, the front nine was a little sketchy,” Lin said. “I made two three-putts, weird mistakes and left birdie putts short.

“So going into the back nine which I thought was the tougher nine, I didn’t really expect to play that well but I also knew there are still lots of opportunities, so just needed to stay really patient. The last couple holes were unreal.”

Former world number one Park, the overnight joint-leader, dropped one spot to be tied for second following a disappointing effort after the turn where had two bogeys before a double-bogey on the 16th for a round of 70.

“I still have an opportunity. That’s what matters, and I’ll go out there tomorrow and try to go low,” the 2015 and 2017 champion – who is in the race to make the South Korean team for the Olympics – said.

She was tied with the steady Green, whose second consecutive round of 66 kept her in contention for only a third victory on the LPGA Tour.

The leading trio were followed by Mexico’s Gaby Lopez in fourth and a group of three – Chun In-gee, Lydia Ko and Ryu So-yeon – sharing fifth.

South Korea’s Park Hee-young, who shared top spot heading into the third round, slipped to tied-21st after her game went off the rails on the back nine for a round of 79.

ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand was tied 11th with British Open champion Sophia Popov after a round of 68.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)

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