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In Gee Chun Withdraws from LOTTE Championship Citing Illness

16 April, 2018, 12:00 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Mar 29 2018 Rancho Mirage CA USA Brooke Henderson tees off on the second hole during the first round of the ANA Inspiration women's gol

The Chinese star finished at 5-under 67 at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Canada's Brooke Henderson delivered her second straight bogey-free round on Thursday to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the LPGA Tour's Lotte Golf Championship.

Sharp is part of a six-way tie at 69, with third-ranked Inbee Park, qualifier Julieta Granada, Mo Martin, Lizette Salas - who lost a playoff here in 2013 - and 2018 Kia Classic victor Eun-Hee Ji.

Chun has two career victories on the LPGA and 24 top 10 finishes. Starting the day with just a one-shot lead after struggling down the stretch Friday, Henderson pushed her advantage to three strokes at the turn thanks to two circles on her card. Azahara Munoz of Spain finished runner-up with 8 under par.

"I feel like back in the day I was really used to the wind here because I played in it every week", Wie said about one of her home courses growing up.

Henderson, however, didn't give Park a chance, extending her lead to two shots with a birdie on the par-five 14th. "I watched the playoff and the grit and determination that she had, I was like, 'I can do that too.' I kind of owe a lot to her this week". She is the first golfer from China - female or male - to reach No. 1 in the world rankings.




She was scheduled to tee off 1:12 p.m. Hawaii time before deciding to pull out.

Jutanugarn tied for third, five back, with top-ranked Shanshan Feng (71) and third-ranked Inbee Park (72), who bogeyed the last two holes.

Although Park once again came up short of winning this week, she is making a great comeback on the Tour this season.

The closing hole slip-up left Henderson on nine-under 207 for the tournament, giving encouragement to a crowded field behind her who are all within striking distance.

The $2 million LPGA Tour event ends Saturday.

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