Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Round 2 of 2018 ANA Inspiration

Lindberg surges to ANA Inspiration lead Pernilla Lindberg, Sung Hyun Park share record
Gustavo Carr | 02 April, 2018, 00:32

Michelle Wie, despite dealing with ongoing dizziness, bounced back from a dismal opening-round 75 to fire a 5-under 67 on the second day of competition and assure herself of weekend tee times at the ANA Inspiration.

"I was actually kind of bummed with leaving quite a few putts short today, because even the ones I left short were tracking on such a good line", said Lindberg, 31, a native of Bollnas, Sweden. She has never won an LPGA tournament.

Japan's Ayako Uehara shot a 1-under 71 to fall back to fourth place Friday after the second round of the ANA Inspiration, the first of the year's five women's majors.

Rounding out that group at 10 under: Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Moryia Jutanugarn and Jennifer Song.

She was always playing catchup after shooting a double-bogey six on the third hole at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.

Swede Pernilla Lindberg powered three shots clear at the ANA Inspiration on Saturday while South Korea's Park Sung-hyun suffered a shocking back nine collapse in the third round of the first women's major of the year.

So if you're picking a potential victor and you value experience, you might want to go with Inbee Park.

In that final pairing, Lindberg and Olson will be right behind Inbee Park, the Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medal victor. She came into this tournament with two top-10 career finishes in 87 starts.

That was back in 2003, and Wie played grown-up golf between giggling discourses on Oreo cookies and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. She finished the round eight-under and sits on top of the leaderboard at 1- under after two days.

"It was a rough day", Park said. He shot 67 and was two shots back. She shot 73 to miss the cut. Minjee Lee also was 7 under after a 64, the best round of the day.

Amateur Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland stayed right behind the leaders for most of her round. "Now I'm 8 (under)". "I just struggled on the greens".

Sounds so simple, doesn't it?

Bus With Journalists Catches Fire on Route in Russian Federation
In Saint Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, hundreds gathered on the central Marsovo Polye square, many carrying flowers. Thousands of people have protested in Kemerovo , angry at Russian officials over the leisure complex fire.

Lindberg made a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole, bogeyed the par-3 fifth for her first dropped stroke of the week, and rebounded with a 20-foot par save on the par-4 sixth.

"Obviously it's going to be different", she said. I think those are the things I take away mostly.

"I felt calm out there".

Lindberg broke the tournament 54-hole mark at 14-under 202.

"I just sat down every chance I could and my caddie helped me a lot out there, just getting all the [yardage] numbers".

"If you want to compete at high junior levels, high amateur levels, you are travelling well outside your state and you have to have the funds to do so".

" ... I'm sure I will (be nervous), absolutely".

"I'm trying not to hit golf balls", she said.

"I just was so focused on my game today", she told reporters via an interpreter. I definitely look at it as an awesome learning experience.

The idea is to not treat Sunday any differently.

"Oh, goodness, no", she said. Let's just have fun.

After all, in addition to the trophy and the winner's check, they hand out a nice, fluffy robe, too.