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Park and Feng sharing opening round in Taiwan
October 30, 2014

Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng each fired rounds of 8-under, 64, to share the lead after the opening round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile.

Park, who took over the top spot in the Rolex Rankings earlier this week, hit all 14 fairways, 15/18 greens and needed only 26 putts to complete her round with eight birdies.

“I hit the ball really solid all day, and on the back nine, everything seemed to drop,” Park said. “I can’t remember the last time I putted like this. It’s been a really good putting day, so I’m really happy about that.”

Feng also played a bogey-free round using six birdies and an eagle.

“I think I did pretty well today,” Feng said. “Overall, a bogey free round. I mean, I started the round, kind of like a smooth start. And then made a birdie and then I made an eagle on the sixth hole, which really got it started. Then after that, I was just making putts and my iron game was just as good as normal.”

The duo sits two clear of a group of four players - So Yeon Ryu, Line Vedel, Haru Nomura and Taiwanese amateur Ssu-Chia Cheng.

Players were able to take advantage of ideal scoring conditions as 44 players finished with rounds under par.

“This golf course can play really easy or really tough depending on the wind,” Park explained. “Today was obviously not a windy day. It was a perfect scoring condition day and the greens were rolling good, no wind.”

Hot Stretch Puts Ryu In The Hunt: So Yeon Ryu had one of those stretches of golf that everyone dreams of on during her opening round at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile. Ryu started her day with three-straight birdies and by the time she left the 12th hole she was 9-under par.

“When I was on fire, I just thought about, okay, I’m going to make double digits under today,” Ryu said.

While Ryu gave a few strokes back down the stretch to finish at 6-under, 66, she still finds herself in contention for her second win of the 2014 season.

“Honestly, 6-under is a good score but I had a really bad finish,” Ryu said. “So 6-under is not a good enough score to me. Now I’m going to work a bit more on my driver. I think that if I finish more fairways with my driver, I think I’m still going to make a lot of birdies because now my putting feels really well. So I really look forward to make a lot of birdies.”

Taiwanese Amateur Has Impressive First Day: Amateur Ssu-Chia Cheng sits in a tie for second place after an solid opening round 66 (-6) to lead all Taiwanese players.

“The score I shot today is much better than I expected,” Cheng admitted. “I think it’s mostly because I tried not to over-think too much, even though this tournament is the grandest stage of golf in Taiwan.”

Cheng used six birdies, including three on the last four holes, to post her bogey free round.

“I hope to finish the tournament in the top-15. That’s my goal for the week,” Cheng said. “For long-term goal, I will give US LPGA tour a shot, but not before I complete some other major amateur events by USGA. I think I will turn pro in 2015 at the earliest.”

Lincicome WDs: Brittany Lincicome put together a solid open-round 68 (-4) but was forced to withdraw from the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile due to illness.

Lincicome took to social media to explain her decision: “Sad to announce I will be going home tonight, been dealing with an esophagus problem for two weeks. Can’t eat or drink. Need to go home. So sorry to the sponsors and fans who came out to watch. I was having a great time. Can’t wait for next year.”

Numbers to Know:
26 - Co-leaders Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng each only needed 26 putts on their opening rounds

14 - Inbee Park hit all 14 fairways during her opening round

-7 - So Yeon Ryu played the seven hole stretch from 6-12 in 7-under. Ryu had birdies on 6,7,9,10 and 12 and a hole out eagle on 11.

+3 - If not for a triple bogey on the par-4 15th Michelle Wie would sit a mere stroke back of the leaders. Additionally, So Yeon Ryu finished her final two holes in 3-over to go from the outright lead into a tie for second.

13 - The par-4 13th played as the hardest hole on the course at 4.363

6 - The par-5 sixth played as the easiest hole on the course at 4.388

Quote of the Day: “Obviously everybody is going low today. So you’ve got to go low today and obviously it could play tough the next three days and today’s score, it could make a big difference.” –Inbee Park on taking advantage of the good scoring conditions


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