Inbee Park Takes Early Lead at HSBC Women’s World Championship

Inbee Park
Inbee Park reacts after sinking her putt on the 10th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on April 29, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

With a first-round 64, Inbee Park secured the 18-hole lead at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

Park, who went bogey-free and recorded eight birdies, hit every fairway and missed only two greens on the New Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

“I hit a lot of great shots but probably left myself a lot of ten to 15-footers, and I was able to make most of them, which has been the difference this year,” said Park.

“You know, holing putts when you need to hole, especially ten to 15-footers, so those percentage the last few years wasn’t that great but this year has been a little better.

“So I think that really paid off today.”

One-stroke back was Hee Young Park, who carded her best round in nearly two seasons (2019 Thornberry) with a 7 under 65, highlighted by an eagle on No. 10.

“I just tried to survive with this heat in Singapore, which is — I love it, but after played the front nine, I had a good moment on No. 10. Made a eagle,” said Park.

“Then really makes everything easier, less pressure and then I played with nice people, nice girls today and we tried to have fun with this hot weather.”

Three major champions – Hyo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Sophia Popov – headlined a logjam of five tied for third on 5 under.

Gaby Lopez, Amy Yang, Jeongeun Lee6, Shanshan Feng, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare were T8 on 4 under.

Defending champion Sung Hyun Park struggles continued in Singapore. The former world no. 1, who hasn’t posrted a top 10 in nearly two years, shot 6-over 78 and was alone at 69.

2021 HSBC Women’s World Championship

Top-5 Leaders: Round 1
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 1)
1. Inbee Park -8 (64)
2. Hee Young Park -7 (65)
3. Hyo Joo Kim -5 (67)
3. So Yeon Ryu -5 (67)
3. Sophia Popov -5 (67)
3. Caroline Masson -5 (67)
3. Xiyu Lin -5 (67)

Material from the LPGA Tour Communications was used to compile this report.



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