Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-ling and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom yesterday rocketed into a three-shot lead at the LPGA Tour Australian Open, as world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn rallied to make the cut.
Hsu, who is angling for a maiden LPGA title after collecting a career-high four top-10 finishes last year, hit four birdies to one bogey in her second-round 69 to be 10-under-par for the tournament.
She is tied at the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide with Sagstrom, who birdied the final hole to fire a second successive 67 as she guns to better her best performance from last year, which was tied 15th.
“I struggled a bit with the irons today, some went short, but overall very good,” said Hsu, who at 24 is rapidly emerging as Taiwan’s top talent. “Just hopefully I can keep making more birdies at the weekend. I think maybe 18-under could win the tournament.”
Lurking three shots back are Australia’s Hannah Green, Japan’s Haru Nomura and American Nelly Korda, whose 66 was the joint best round of the day with England’s Charley Hull.
“I just stayed really consistent, hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens,” said Korda, the world No. 16 who last month finished third at the Tournament of Champions.
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the joint overnight leader with Hsu, remains in contention, four off the frontrunners after carding a 73.
Thai star Ariya hauled herself back into the tournament with a 69, including five birdies, that left her at one-over, just inside the cut line. It followed her disappointing 76 on day one.
While she made the grade, it was a horror day for New Zealand’s former top-ranked Lydia Ko, who returned a 77. She missed the cut, as did reigning British Open champion and world No. 8 Georgia Hall.
Taiwan’s Teresa Lu made up for her 77 on Thursday to card a 67 and climb to 42nd place, while the rest of her compatriots did not make the cut.
Additional reporting by staff writer
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there