Inbee Park stands firm at the top of the leaderboard of the World Ladies Championship on the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills in China.
Inbee carded a second straight round of -4 under par 69, to post a 36 hole total of -8 under par for the tournament. She is closely followed by China’s Xiyu Lin, who had a second round -5 under par 68, and England’s Holly Clyburn, who carded the low round of the day at -8 under par 65. Both ladies are now just one shot behind the leader at -7 under par, sharing second place.
Holly partnered Inbee in this round, who had this to say about her;
“Holly played great today and she made a lot of putts. She hit a lot of shots close and it’s my first time playing with her.”
Inbee was not so impressed with her own round, but is looking forward to the next two rounds;
“The last two days have been good and very consistent with my ball striking. I had a couple of bogeys every day and those are the mistakes that I can avoid the next two days.”
“The speed of the greens wasn’t as good as last year and I hit a lot past the hole today so I’m going to try to have the speed right so I can make more putts tomorrow and the day after.”
“Yesterday was the toughest day we’ve played here with the wind and heavy conditions. Today there were much better conditions so I thought I could post a better round.”
“It was the same as yesterday, so I feel like I left a few out there but I still have two more days to play so it’s very exciting.”
Holly also carded nine under par 64 in the third round of the 2014 World Ladies Championship, on the same golf course;
“I love coming back to Mission Hills. Last year was my first year and I really enjoyed it, I’m enjoying it even more this year.”
“Everything about it is laid back, you can do whatever you want. The golf course facilities are fantastic and you’ve got the spa, the gym and the hotel, which are second to none.”
Yesterday’s co-leader Becky Morgan had a +1 over par 74 second round and slipped back into the three-way tie for fourth place, with Frenchwoman Alexandra Vilatte and Ladies European Tour rookie Jienalin Zhang of China. With all of them at -3 under par, they are a long way back and seemingly out of contention.
Only one of the five amateurs made the cut, she is China’s Lei Ye, only 13 years old, who shares 47th place on +4 over par, just inside the cut line.