Sunday, April 01, 2018

Lindberg leads after Park is rattled by being put on the clock

RANCHO MIRAGE, California. – Sung Hyun Park built a two-shot lead on the back nine Saturday at the ANA Inspiration, the first major on the LPGA Tour calendar.
But she walked off the course four shots behind the three-shot leader Pernilla Lindberg.
Park had a crazy day, made more challenging when she and Lindberg were put on the clock on the 12th hole. It seemed to rattle Park, who bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes to give up her two-shot lead as the paired speeded up to get back in position.
“I just tried to play my own game and stay focused on what I had to do,” Park said when asked about being put on the clock. “At the end of the day, I just had to focus on what I had to accomplish. It was a rough day out there today.”
Park, the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion and co-LPGA Player of the  Year, started her round struggling to find fairways. She missed the first four fairways and bogeyed two of the first four holes, but she rallied with birdies at the ninth, 10th and 11th holes before the struggles coming home. She played the final seven holes in 5 over par and posted a 2-over 74.
“There were a bunch of fairways that I couldn't miss, so that was something that I am disappointed in, my shots today,” Park said.
Park hit just five of 14 fairways.
“I had a lot of great play, a lot of good aspects in my game today,” Park said. “So, I'm just going to focus on what I need to do for tomorrow.”
Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg isn’t alone looking like an outsider crashing the party on the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills.
The 31-year-old Swede will be trying to win for the first time in her 250th cumulative start on the LPGA, Ladies European and Symetra tours.
She will go off Sunday in the final pairing alongside Amy Olson.
Linderg is No. 95 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.
Olson, formerly Amy Anderson, the U.S. Girls’ Junior champ in 2009, is ranked 218th in the world.
They’re both seeking to make their first LPGA titles a major championship.
While they are being pursued by a couple of major champions, the pack chasing them is made up mostly of players just like them, women looking to break through in a big way and claim their first LPGA title.
Lindberg closed out a 2-under-par 70 Saturday after carving her approach to 5 feet at the last and making birdie. At 14 under overall, she is looking to complete this dreamy week with a wire-to-wire victory.
Olson (68) is three shots behind her.
Six players are four shots back, the most formidable being seven-time major champion Inbee Park (67) and the reigning U.S. Women’s Open champ, Sung Hyun Park (74).
Everyone else at 10 under is winless on the LPGA.

Par 216 (3x72)
202 Pernilla Lindberg (Sweden) 65 67 70
205 Amy Olson (USA) 69 68 68
206 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 70 70 66, Inbee Park (S Korea) 70 69 67, Jennifer Song (USA) 69 69 68, Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England) 70 67 69, Charle Hull (England) 69 68 69, Sung Hyun Park (S Korea) 68 64 74

210 Bronte Law (England) 70 70 70 (T17)

215 Catriona Matthew (Scotland) 73 72 70 (T49)





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