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Volunteers of America Texas Classic

DATES: May 03-06
SITE: Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas
PRIZE MONEY: $1,300,000
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Round 2 - Sung Hyun Park chips in for victory in Texas

May 06, 2018

Sung Hyun Park converted a clutch shot to turn around what had been a disappointing year.

Park chipped in for birdie from behind the green on the par-4 18th hole to close out a 5-under 66 in the second and final round of the weather-abbreviated LPGA Texas Classic, good for a one-shot victory.

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''The beginning of the season was pretty frustrating, since I missed two cuts, and I felt pretty upset inside,'' Park said. ''But after today's win, I just feel like everything - everything just kind of disappeared.''

The sweet-swinging 24-year-old South Korean, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 5, ended up needing that chip to drop to survive a late charge by Lindy Duncan, who birdied her final three holes for a 64, the low round of the tournament.

Park finished with a two-round total of 11-under 131 for her third career victory and first since last season, when she was named rookie of the year and shared the player of the year award with So Yeon Ryu. She became the 11th winner in 11 tournaments on the LPGA Tour this year.

Park skipped last week's tournament at Lake Merced outside San Francisco. Spent part of that time working on her short game, and it paid off when her 58-degree wedge found the hole from 20 yards out.

''I was really nervous, but because of how much I have been practicing my chipping, I felt like my confidence really grew,'' Park said.

The event was reduced from 72 holes to 36 after Thursday's round was canceled and Friday's play was delayed by 8 1/2 hours because of rain. Some players went 35 holes on Saturday and returned to play one hole on Sunday.

Because of the rain delays and stop-and-start nature of the tournament, Park was part of a five-way tie for the lead going into the final round. She finished 90 minutes before the tournament ended because groupings were not changed from the opening round.

Rookie Yu Liu closed with a 66 and finished third, two shots back. Ariya Jutanugarn (66) and Sei Young Kim (67) were another shot behind.

Park bogeyed the par-4 first hole and then played the rest of the front nine in 5 under, including an eagle on the par-5 fourth. She shot 1 under on the back nine and then had to wait on Duncan, who could have forced a playoff by holing her second shot on the par-4 ninth.

Duncan missed a short par putt on the 5th. Her caddie, Kyle Alexander, then told her to simply ''go birdie, birdie, birdie.''

''And I said, 'OK,''' Duncan said.

Duncan and Liu both had career-best finishes.

Nicole Broch Larsen was assessed a stroke penalty Saturday night by a rules official who watched the day's play on television and determined a penalty should have been called because the Danish player caused her ball to move while at rest.

''I still don't think it's me, but if all - how many rules officials there agree that it's me ... then I guess it's me,'' said Broch Larsen, who finished six shots back.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sung Hyun Park
-11
65
66
131
2
Lindy Duncan
-10
68
64
132
3
Yu Liu
-9
67
66
133

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Round 2 - Five-way tie in weather shortened Texas Classic

May 05, 2018

Nicole Broch Larsen played 14 holes in 3 under to take the early lead in the second and final round of the weather-abbreviated LPGA Texas Classic on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Dane, who's ranked 89th and has never won on the LPGA Tour, followed her opening-round 67 by going bogey-free before play was halted by darkness to reach 7 under, good for a one-shot lead.

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She will finish on Sunday morning. Half the players had yet to begin their second rounds.

''Right now, I'm really tired,'' Broch Larsen said. ''But, I mean, when you're playing well, it's a lot easier.''

Thursday's play was canceled, and rain delayed the start on Friday by 8 1/2 hours, resulting in the tournament being reduced from 72 holes to 36. There was no cut, but only the top 70 and ties in the 144-woman field will receive prize money.

''Probably to have a chance, I really need at least two birdies on the last four,'' Broch Larsen said.

Sung Hyun Park and Jenny Shin led after the first round at 6-under 66 and were to play their second rounds on Sunday. Aditi Ashok was 6 under through 14 holes of her second round, and Gaby Lopez was 6 under through 11.

Park, last year's U.S. Women's Open champion and the top-ranked player in the field at No. 5, had seven birdies and one bogey at the 6,475-yard Old American Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time. She was 6 under when play was halted on Friday and parred her remaining four holes on Saturday.

Shin, also from South Korea, was 4-under through 14 on Friday. On Saturday, she birdied the par-3 seventh and the par-4 ninth. Shin's only career LPGA Tour win was two years ago at this tournament's previous home, Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

After heavy rains and gusty wind Thursday and Friday, Saturday featured bright sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s.

Ashok, a 20-year-old from India, collected five birdies and a bogey in her final eight holes on Saturday. She tied for seventh last week at Lake Merced, her best LPGA finish.

Ashok's final shot of the day was an 11-foot birdie putt after the horn had sounded to end play. Players had the option of finishing the hole they had started or stopping and continuing from the same spot Sunday morning. There was no question in Ashok's mind that she would continue.

''I felt like I was putting it good,'' she said. ''I felt like I wouldn't want to make that putt in the morning having no feel to go by.

''Obviously, I want to have a good finish here so that I can make it to the U.S. Open. That's my goal. I have four holes left, and I'm going to try to do the best that I can in the conditions that I'm going to play in in the morning. Some girls who are at 6-under, they have 18 holes to go. I'm pretty confident they're going to shoot low numbers tomorrow, but still I want to give them something to go for.''

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
Round
R1
R2
Total
T1
Aditi Ashok
-6
14
-4
69
-
69
T1
Nicole Broch Larsen
-6
14
-2
67
-
67
T1
Gaby Lopez
-6
11
-3
68
-
68
T1
Jenny Shin
-6
12:41 PM
65
-
65
T1
Sung Hyun Park
-6
12:19 PM
65
-
65
T6
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
15
-4
71
-
71
T6
Minjee Lee
-4
15
-1
68
-
68
T6
Katie Burnett
-4
15*
E
67
-
67
T6
In Gee Chun
-4
13
E
67
-
67
T6
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
13
1
66
-
66
T6
Mo Martin
-4
12
E
67
-
67
T6
Yu Liu
-4
1:25 PM
67
-
67
T6
Sei Young Kim
-4
12:52 PM
67
-
67
T6
Jin Young Ko
-4
12:41 PM
67
-
67
T6
Jane Park
-4
12:19 PM
67
-
67
T6
Sandra Gal
-4
12:08 PM
67
-
67

Round 1 - Sung Hyun Park leading Texas Classic as play suspended

May 04, 2018

Sung Hyun Park got to 6-under through 14 holes before play was halted by darkness in the weather-delayed first round of the abbreviated LPGA Texas Classic on Friday.

After Thursday's play was canceled and Friday's began after an 8 1/2-hour rain delay, the tournament was reduced from 72 holes to 36. There will be no cut, but only the top 70 and ties in the 144-woman field will win prize money.

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Park, last year's U.S. Women's Open champion and the top-ranked player in the field at No. 5, had seven birdies and one bogey to top the leaderboard at the 6,475-yard Old American Golf Club, which is hosting the event for the first time.

Fellow South Koreans Jenny Shin and Sei Young Kim were 4 under through 14 and 12 holes, respectively. Shin collected her only LPGA Tour victory two years ago at the tournament's previous home, Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.

Half the players did not start their first rounds. Last week's winner Lydia Ko and another former No. 1, Ariya Jutanugarn, were at 2 under through 14 holes, as was Hall of Famer Laura Davies.

Celine Boutier of France shot a 1-under 70, the best score among the dozen players who finished the first round on Friday. She took a three-hour nap after her 7 a.m. tee time was pushed back to 3:30 p.m.

Boutier called the playing conditions ''pretty perfect, actually.''

''I was really surprised,'' she said. ''We had barely any wind, and I feel like the course drained really well. There was no casual water except for maybe a couple of holes.''

The first round was postponed from Thursday after only 34 golfers completed one or two holes because of morning rain and afternoon wind.

This will be the LPGA Tour's first 36-hole event since the Bahamas-LPGA Classic in May 2013, which encountered flooding.

Rules official Marty Robinson said the decisions to halt Thursday's play after just over an hour and then to reduce the tournament to two rounds were ''tough choices.''

''You do what you have to do to get an official golf tournament,'' Robinson said. ''The maintenance staff did a fantastic job getting the golf course ready.''

No spectators were allowed on the grounds Friday because of the muddy course and unpaved parking area.

''I've been doing this a couple of decades, and I can only think of it happening a couple of times,'' Robinson said. ''That (fan safety) would be the only reason.''

Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
1
Sung Hyun Park
-6
14
T2
Jenny Shin
-4
14
T2
Sei Young Kim
-4
12
T4
Sandra Gal
-3
15
T4
Jane Park
-3
14
T4
Daniela Darquea
-3
10
T4
Su Oh
-3
10
T8
Emily K. Pedersen
-2
17
T8
Jackie Stoelting
-2
16
T8
Kim Kaufman
-2
14
T8
Laura Davies
-2
14
T8
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
14
T8
Lydia Ko
-2
14
T8
Ayako Uehara
-2
13
T8
Alison Walshe
-2
10

Round 1 - First round called off due to heavy rain

May 03, 2018

The first round of the LPGA North Texas Classic has been called off because of heavy morning rain. Only 34 of the 144 golfers completed at least one hole.

Play was stopped Thursday 69 minutes after the first groups teed off. The decision to resume play Friday was made during mid-afternoon, hours after the rain stopped and sunshine bathed the course. Thursday's scores were thrown out.

A tournament official says no decision on the schedule for the weekend's final three rounds will be made until the first round is completed. Friday's forecast calls for more rain.

The event is in its first season at Old American Golf Club.

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Sung Hyun Park
-11
65
66
131
2
Lindy Duncan
-10
68
64
132
3
Yu Liu
-9
67
66
133
T4
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
68
66
134
T4
Sei Young Kim
-8
67
67
134
T6
Aditi Ashok
-7
69
66
135
T6
Jenny Shin
-7
65
70
135
T8
Mi Hyang Lee
-6
70
66
136
T8
Lydia Ko
-6
69
67
136
T8
Jackie Stoelting
-6
69
67
136
T8
Jin Young Ko
-6
67
69
136
T12
Brittany Lincicome
-5
71
66
137
T12
Jacqui Concolino
-5
70
67
137
T12
Celine Boutier
-5
70
67
137
T12
Mo Martin
-5
67
70
137
T12
In Gee Chun
-5
67
70
137
T12
Nicole Broch Larsen
-5
67
70
137
T12
Jane Park
-5
67
70
137
T19
Benyapa Niphatsophon
-4
70
68
138
T19
Gaby Lopez
-4
68
70
138
T19
Minjee Lee
-4
68
70
138
T19
Katie Burnett
-4
67
71
138
T23
Candie Kung
-3
73
66
139
T23
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
71
68
139
T23
Anna Nordqvist
-3
71
68
139
T23
Katherine Kirk
-3
70
69
139
T23
Ally McDonald
-3
70
69
139
T23
Ayako Uehara
-3
70
69
139
T23
Paula Creamer
-3
69
70
139
T23
Emily K. Pedersen
-3
69
70
139
T23
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
66
73
139
T32
Cydney Clanton
-2
73
67
140
T32
Camilla Lennarth
-2
71
69
140
T32
Maddie McCrary
-2
71
69
140
T32
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-2
71
69
140
T32
Tiffany Joh
-2
70
70
140
T32
Mariah Stackhouse
-2
69
71
140
T32
Perrine Delacour
-2
69
71
140
T32
Jaye Marie Green
-2
69
71
140
T32
Daniela Darquea
-2
69
71
140
T32
Laetitia Beck
-2
69
71
140
T32
Hee Young Park
-2
68
72
140
T32
Su Oh
-2
68
72
140
T32
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
67
73
140
T32
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-2
66
74
140
T46
Samantha Troyanovich
-1
73
68
141
T46
Hannah Green
-1
72
69
141
T46
Wei-Ling Hsu
-1
72
69
141
T46
Brittany Altomare
-1
72
69
141
T46
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-1
71
70
141
T46
Karrie Webb
-1
71
70
141
T46
Cheyenne Woods
-1
71
70
141
T46
Katelyn Sepmoree
-1
71
70
141
T46
Kelly Shon
-1
70
71
141
T46
Sun Young Yoo
-1
69
72
141
T46
Laura Davies
-1
69
72
141
T57
Leticia Ras-Anderica
E
75
67
142
T57
Sandra Changkija
E
72
70
142
T57
Lauren Coughlin
E
72
70
142
T57
Jennifer Song
E
72
70
142
T57
Lauren Kim
E
72
70
142
T57
Vicky Hurst
E
71
71
142
T57
Brittany Marchand
E
71
71
142
T57
Amelia Lewis
E
70
72
142
T57
Daniela Iacobelli
E
69
73
142
T57
Morgan Pressel
E
68
74
142
T57
Mi Jung Hur
E
67
75
142
T68
Giulia Molinaro
1
74
69
143
T68
Celine Herbin
1
73
70
143
T68
Dottie Ardina
1
73
70
143
T68
Caroline Inglis
1
72
71
143
T68
Thidapa Suwannapura
1
72
71
143
T68
Ashleigh Buhai
1
72
71
143
T68
Joanna Klatten
1
72
71
143
T68
Emily Tubert
1
71
72
143
T68
Sophia Popov
1
71
72
143
T68
Kim Kaufman
1
71
72
143
T68
Alena Sharp
1
70
73
143
CUT
Mina Harigae
2
75
69
144
CUT
Min Lee
2
74
70
144
CUT
Peiyun Chien
2
74
70
144
CUT
Martina Edberg
2
73
71
144
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
2
72
72
144
CUT
Dani Holmqvist
2
72
72
144
CUT
Brittany Lang
2
72
72
144
CUT
Cristie Kerr
2
71
73
144
CUT
Nontaya Srisawang
2
71
73
144
CUT
Sandra Gal
2
67
77
144
CUT
Kendall Dye
3
77
68
145
CUT
Karine Icher
3
75
70
145
CUT
Julieta Granada
3
74
71
145
CUT
Mirim Lee
3
74
71
145
CUT
Kristy McPherson
3
73
72
145
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
3
72
73
145
CUT
Angela Stanford
3
72
73
145
CUT
Becky Morgan
3
72
73
145
CUT
Luna Sobron
3
71
74
145
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
3
71
74
145
CUT
Chirapat Jao-Javanil
4
75
71
146
CUT
Ilhee Lee
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jimin Kang
4
74
72
146
CUT
Danah Bordner
4
74
72
146
CUT
Juli Inkster
4
74
72
146
CUT
Allison Emrey
4
74
72
146
CUT
Paula Reto
4
74
72
146
CUT
Yani Tseng
4
73
73
146
CUT
Rebecca Artis
4
72
74
146
CUT
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
4
71
75
146
CUT
Xiyu Lin
4
71
75
146
CUT
Katherine Perry
5
76
71
147
CUT
Harang Lee
5
75
72
147
CUT
Stacy Lewis
5
74
73
147
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
5
70
77
147
CUT
Alison Walshe
5
69
78
147
CUT
Cindy LaCrosse
6
75
73
148
CUT
Maria Torres
6
75
73
148
CUT
Beth Allen
7
77
72
149
CUT
Natalie Gulbis
7
77
72
149
CUT
Christina Kim
7
75
74
149
CUT
Maria Hernandez
7
74
75
149
CUT
Hannah Arnold
7
74
75
149
CUT
Brianna Do
7
74
75
149
CUT
Mind Muangkhumsakul
7
74
75
149
CUT
Lee Lopez
8
78
72
150
CUT
Dori Carter
8
75
75
150
CUT
Holly Clyburn
8
75
75
150
CUT
Megan Khang
8
73
77
150
CUT
Brittany Benvenuto
9
74
77
151
CUT
Jessy Tang
9
74
77
151
CUT
Jennifer Hahn
9
73
78
151
CUT
Annie Park
10
73
79
152
CUT
Lorie Kane
11
80
73
153
CUT
Meagan Winans (a)
11
79
74
153
CUT
Jing Yan
11
77
76
153
CUT
Madeleine Sheils
11
73
80
153
CUT
Nannette Hill
12
77
77
154
CUT
Kassidy Teare
12
76
78
154
CUT
Annika Clark (a)
12
76
78
154
CUT
Kennedy Pedigo (a)
12
75
79
154
CUT
Alexandra Newell
12
74
80
154
CUT
Alison Lee
15
79
78
157
CUT
Stephanie Louden
18
85
75
160
WD
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
4
75
75
WD
Lee-Anne Pace
6
77
77

 




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