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by james tang
Still searching. Korean Choi Na-yeon is still winless on the Tour this year and is a massive 16 strokes behind Lexi Thompson who leads the Sime Darby LPGA on 17-under 196 after three rounds. The STAR/ Azman Ghani
KUALA LUMPUR: Choi Na-yeon came to Malaysia hoping to regain the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia crown she won in 2011 and end her title drought this year.
Expectations were high on the world No. 6 South Korean achieving both the targets at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Instead, her dreams came crashing down on the opening day itself when she blew up with a five-over 76 on Thursday. Her scorecard was littered with five bogeys and a double bogey.
That took the wind out of her sails, although she did well to bounce back with a three-under 68 in the second round.
“I did badly in my first round but I managed to avoid bogeys in the second round. I quickly realised I needed to get my focus right if I wanted to catch up with the leaders,” said the Korean golfer.
Although she carded another three-under 68 on Saturday, Na-yeon’s three-day total of one-under 212 sees her trailing leader Lexi Thompson (17-under 196) by a massive 16 strokes.
Na-yeon will need a miracle to catch up with Thompson now.
“I haven’t won a trophy so far this year and I intend to win one before the year ends ... that’s my goal,” said a dejected Na-yeon.
There are only five tournaments left on the LPGA Tour for Na-yeon to meet her target. And for someone who has won a major before – the US Women’s Open last year – it’s a matter of time before she’s on the rostrum again.
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