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Park takes lead with tied low-round 62
October 31, 2014

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park tied the low round of the day with a 10-under, 62, to sit at 18-under for the tournament. Park, who earlier this week retook the top spot in the rankings, holds a three-stroke lead over Shanshan Feng after 36-holes at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by Taiwan Mobile.

“Everything was working really good out there today,” Park said. “I probably didn’t hit as close as yesterday but I holed a lot of putts today. Obviously, two days without the wind here in Taiwan is really unusual and I thought I should take advantage of that for two days and I feel like I did that.”

How well was Park playing? Well enough that the magic number of 59 crept into her mind during the back nine when she sat at 10-under through 15 holes.

“Yeah, definitely thought it was possible going into 13, 14, because coming down the stretch, I thought there was a lot of birdie holes. Especially the last, it’s a par 5,” Park admitted.

Park, who pared in after the 15th to finish with her 62, came short of recording the second 59 in LPGA history and also came just shy of tying her personal-best round of 2014.

“I had a score this year, 61, which was my best round and I really wanted to beat that one. But yeah, just came one short.”
Players were one again able to take advantage of ideal scoring conditions as 15 players finished with rounds of 67 or better. “If the weather stays like this, it’s not going to be a freebie for me,” Park said. “I still need to play quite good. I shot 8-under and 10-under for two days and I’m only leading by three.”

Two Weeks, Two Aces, Two Cars For Danielle Kang: For the second time in as many weeks, Danielle Kang stepped to the tee at a par-3 with a chance to win a new car with a hole-in-one and for the second-consecutive week Kang did exactly that.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Kang said. “I was standing there and we all screamed. Jodi (Ewart Shadoff) and I were talking about how first week you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you.”

Kang took home a new Audi A6 thanks to a beautiful 7-iron which found the bottom of the cup on the 158-yard 17th hole. Last week, Kang won a new Buick Lacrosse with a similar shot, an 8-iron from 155-yards out.

“I was actually thinking about a hole in one, because I’ve been touching that car, I really wanted the car,” Kang admitted. “It was a right to left. So I wanted to aim a little right of it but then I caught it okay, and then it hit the fringe, like the collar, and it just kicked straight in and just rolled, tracked all the way into the hole. “

Kang was able to accomplish her incredible feat in front of a gallery of her fellow players who were also up on the tee box.

“There was some swear words in there,” Kang joked. “It was pretty awesome. My friend, Lizette Salas, was in the back, and everyone was saying: “Are you kidding me? Again? Another car?” And everyone is saying they wanted the car. It’s an Audi 6, I was like, okay, that’s pretty awesome.”

Mirim Lee Goes Low: Mirim Lee, already a two-time winner on the LPGA this season, brought herself into the hunt for the weekend thanks to a 10-under round of 62, a 10 shot improvement on her opening round.

“I think my irons,” Lee said of the difference in her game today. “My irons were very good, so I have a lot of chances.”

Lee was consistent throughout the day using five birdies to turn in 31 and five more birdies on the backside to close out her round of 62. Lee has also been on fire with the flatstick this week, needing only 49 putts through her first two rounds.

“I’m so excited. I always enjoy the play, so I’m very happy.”

Six in a Row Paces Ko: Lydia Ko is in contention yet again sitting at 10-under for the tournament thanks in large part to a stellar stretch of golf where she made six consecutive birdies from holes three through eight.

“I kind of did this at the Australian Open last year, so I kind of knew what kind of a roll I could possibly get into,” Ko said. “But after leaving my putt like an inch short on 9, and that could have been my seventh in a row but I think I played well overall, and you never know what’s going to happen down the last couple holes. “

While Ko may not have finished with the same flurry as she started with she still has a chance to win at a course that she won the Swinging Skirts Invitational on a year ago.

“It’s a course where you can shoot some low scores, but no, I haven’t actually seen the course where there’s been like where there’s hardly any wind. So it’s kind of different. I kind of feel like, man, am I playing the same course."

Numbers to Know:
3 - Danielle Kang now has three holes-in-one on the year tying the LPGA record for most aces in a single season (Charlotta Sorenstam (2002) and Tracy Kerdyk (1991))

-10 - The 10-under rounds tallied by both Mirim Lee and Inbee Park ties the lowest round in relation to par on the LPGA this season (Chella Choi, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 62; Inbee Park (Manulife Financial LPGA Classic) and Hyo Joo Kim (Evian Championship), 61)

-18 - Inbee Park’s two round total of -18 ties the second lowest 36 hole score in relation to par in LPGA history
6 - Lydia Ko had six birdies in a row from holes three through eight, the six-consecutive birdies ties the longest sub-par stretch on the LPGA this season
15 - Number of players who had rounds of 67 (-5) or better during the second round

13 - The par-4 13th has played as the hardest hole on the course at 4.245
6 - The par-5 sixth has played as the easiest hole on the course at 4.478

Quotes of the Day: “First week you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you.” –Danielle Kang on winning her second car in as many weeks with a hole-in-one

“She’s got two really nice cars back in L.A. So I think she’s got four great cars now. I would love to have one.” –Lydia Ko on her friend Danielle Kang winning her second car in as many weeks with a hole-in-one

The Social Scene: Several players took to social media to talk about Danielle Kang and her second car-winning hole-in-one in as many weeks including Kim Kaufman who tweeted the following:

“I would like my twittersphere to know that @daniellekang won a car last week for a hole in one...And again today. 2 for 2. Comprehend that.”


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