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by james tang
Park In-bee of South Korea has a mountain to climb if she hopes to defend her Sime Darby LPGA title after shooting a one-under 70 to finish at joint-28.
KUALA LUMPUR: Park In-bee’s hopes of becoming the first player to defend the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title looks to be in tatters after she could only finish in joint 28th place with a one-under 70 after the first round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
The world No. 1 seemed to be troubled by the hot weather, struggling to stay sharp and in control.
“My iron wasn’t working for me ... it wasn’t really sharp enough for me today. The hot weather made it tough to concentrate. I will have to try to relax and take it easy and prepare for tomorrow,” said the 25-year-old South Korean.
“It’s hard for me to play in this kind of heat as I am not at my best under such conditions but I’ve had success in recent years. For instance, I managed to pull through in Thailand this year and also here last year.”
In-bee is tied with Malaysian amateur Michelle Koh; Taiwan’s Candie Kung and Chien Pei-yun, South Koreans Meena Lee, Yoo Sun-young and Ryu So-yeon; Americans Danielle Kang, Gerina Piller; France’s Karine Icher and Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg.
One player who had a solid start and didn’t seem to be affected by the weather was China’s Feng Shanshan, who shot a first-round score of four-under 67 to end the day joint seventh with seven other golfers.
“The weather worked well for me throughout the course, except maybe the last three holes ... the heat affected my focus. However, overall I think I did good today coming from Beijing with high expectations of myself,” said Shanshan.
In-bee knows that a win this weekend will help her pull away from closest challenger, Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, in her chase for the coveted Rolex Player of the Year Award.
Inbee is currently 90 points ahead of Pettersen, with five tournaments still to go.
But the world No. 1 will have to raise her game in the next three days if she wants to take a step closer to bagging the award.
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