Xiyu Lin Leads HSBC Women’s World Championship After 54 Holes

Xiyu Lin Leads HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club
Xiyu Lin is congratulated by her caddie after holing out on the 18th green during the third round of the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on May 1, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Xiyu Lin shot a third-round 66 to secure the solo 54-hole lead on 14 under at the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

The 24-year old from China got off to a slow start on Saturday in Singapore, making bogey on the very first hole at Sentosa Golf Club. But Lin bounced back with a birdie on No. 2 and added six more gains along the way, including four in her final six, to claim the marquee position.

“The first hole I was really nervous. I thought like ‘I’m going to hit longer because I’m nervous,’ but obviously I wasn’t that nervous, so I left it short and left the putt short,” said the 25-year old from China.

“So I just tell myself, like yesterday I had two bogeys and I bounced back with a birdie right away. I said, ‘definitely I can do that,’

“Second hole was a tough pin but I managed to hit it at the right spot and make the putt. That was pretty huge.”

Overnight co-leader Inbee Park got off to a hot start with four birdies in a bogey-free first nine to turn in 32. But the Korean legend struggled going home, making bogeys on Nos. 11, 14 and a double on the par-5 16. A final-hole birdie, though, gave her a third-round 70 and bumped her back into a tie for second alongside Hannah Green at 13 under.

“The putting overall today was not that bad. Just one missed shot, the third shot on No. 16. Yeah, I think it’s coming along,” said Park, who won here in 2015 and 2017.

“It was a great birdie on No. 18. That really got me probably have a chance to win tomorrow, so I think that was really huge.

“Tomorrow obviously we have a lot of girls in the top it’s going to be a shootout, whoever plays good tomorrow is going to win.”

Hannah Green
Hannah Green smiles after holing out on the 18th green during the third round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club on May 1, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Lionel Ng/Getty Images)

Green shot a second-consecutive 6-under 66, highlighted by a hole-out eagle on No. 10.

“I guess it’s been quite a long time since I’ve holed out from the fairway from quite some distance. I hit my tee shot into the right rough. Had an 8-iron in and it hit the pin. Bounced, hit the pin and went in,” said the 24-year old Aussie.

“That was a nice bonus.”

Gaby Lopez matched her season best with a round of 65 to sit alone in fourth on 12 under, two clear of three major champions: In Gee Chun (66), Lydia Ko (69) and So Yeon Ryu (70), who were tied for fifth on 10-under par.

Madelene Sagstrom (68), Amy Yang (70) and Hyo Joo Kim (72) were five shots off the pace and tied for eighth on 9 under.

Hee Young Park, who co-led after 36 holes, played her front nine in 1-under 35 to turn 12 under on the tournament and near the top the leaderboard. But the Korean plummeted to T21 on 4-under par after a disastrous back nine, which included bogeys on Nos. 10, 12, 15, 17, and 18, and a quadruple (+4) bogey on No. 16 to finish 7-over 79.

Defending champion Sung Hyun Park was T52 on 3-over 219.

2021 HSBC Women’s World Championship

Top-5 Leaders: Round 3
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 3)
1. Xiyu Lin -14 (-5)
2. Hannah Green -13 (-6)
2. Inbee Park -13 (-2)
4. Gaby Lopez -12 (-10)
5. In gee Chun -10 (-6)
5. Lydia Ko -10 (-3)
5. So Yeon Ryu -10 (-2)

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



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