Bank of Hope Founders Cup - R2

Sung Hyun Park & Yu Liu top crowded leaderboard in Arizona

March 21-24
Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Sung Hyun Park shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a share of the lead with Yu Liu. She birdied five of the first six holes on her final nine in perfect conditions at Desert Ridge but lost the outright lead when she played a bogey on the par-4 ninth.

“Overall, I’m really happy with the play today, especially putting was really good,” Park said. “The shots were better than yesterday.”


Park has won six times in her first three years on the tou including majors at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and 2018 Women’s PGA Championship.

Liu played 10 birdies in a 64 to join Park at 12-under 132.

“I don’t expect this to happen every day,” Liu said. “When a day like this comes, I just am glad I was able to take advantage of it.”

Strom aims to be “hometown” hero

If you didn’t know 2019 LPGA rookie Linnea Strom, you’d have been surprised to see quite a gallery following the Swedish native around Wildfire Golf Club on Friday afternoon. Strom, who now calls Phoenix home, spent two years at Arizona State University, where she was a two-time All-American and helped lead the Sun Devils to the program’s eighth NCAA National Championship in 2017. Strom’s former teammates and several local supporters had a front-row seat to what was a career-best 7-under round on Friday.

“I’m not used to being in this situation with a lot of the people watching and everything,” she said. “It’s a bit different. But as I said, with my ASU team out there around me I feel like I had some great support. I live here so it’s like home for me.”

Strom is making just her fourth career LPGA start this week, her first playing in front of her adopted hometown fans at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. The 2018 Symetra Tour Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year heads into the weekend just two shots off the lead but is trying to stay relaxed.

“Obviously I want to end up on the top of the leaderboard,” said Strom. “It’s my first time being in this situation, so I don’t have any high expectations. I just want to go out and try to play as good as I did today, but just continue to do what I can do, and we will see how it is.”

Two blue devil alums near the top in Phoenix

Yu Liu (-12, T1) and Celine Boutier (-10, T3) have quite the history together beyond the LPGA Tour. Liu, a native of Beijing, and Boutier, who hails from Montrouge, France, played together during their time at Duke University and formed a strong bond along the way. 

“Oh, we were the best friends!” said Liu, who gushed about Boutier, who became a Rolex First-Time Winner when she won the ISPS Handa Vic Open in February. “Celine has been doing an incredible job this year. Definitely great role model for all the Dukies, and hopefully I’ll be able to do what she’s done this season: get a win.”

Boutier was a two-time All-American and the 2013-2014 National Player of the Year while at Duke. She and Liu, who earned second-team All-America honors in 2013-2014, helped lead the Blue Devils to the program’s sixth NCAA Championship in 2014. “She’s one of my closest friends out here,” Boutier said of Liu. “We played on Symetra Tour two years ago together, we graduated together, and then last year we had a pretty good rookie year on the LPGA Tour together.”

Liu had 10 birdies on Friday to shoot the second-lowest round of her young LPGA career with a 64 and find herself in a tie for the 36-hole lead for the first time. “Everything kind of clicked all together,” said Liu. “I don’t expect this to happen every day. When a day like this come, I just am glad I was able to take advantage of it.”


Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Sung Hyun Park (66-66)

Park’s 36-hole 132 is tied for the second-lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she has shot 131 in her wins at the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship and the 2018 Volunteers of America Texas Classic, and has shot 132 three times

She hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens

Park is in her third season on the LPGA Tour; she has six career victories, including major wins at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

This is Park’s third event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she won the HSBC Women’s World Championship and finished T21 at the Honda LPGA Thailand

She is competing in her fourth Bank of Hope Founders Cup; her best finish is T13 in 2016 and 2017

Park is in her 15th career week at No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings; she regained the No. 1 spot on March 4 following her victory in Singapore

Rolex Rankings No. 71 Yu Liu (68-64)

Liu’s second-round 64 is the second-lowest round of her LPGA Tour career; she shot a 63 in the second round of the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Her 36-hole 132 is tied for the lowest 36-hole score of her LPGA Tour career; she previously shot a 132 at the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, where she finished T23

She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens

Liu is in her second season on the LPGA Tour; her best finish is third at the 2018 Volunteers of America Texas Classic

This is Liu’s fifth event of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; she finished T10 at the Honda LPGA Thailand and has yet to finish worse than 32nd

She is competing in her second Bank of Hope Founders Cup; she missed the cut in 2018

She played the 2013-14 season at Duke University and was a member of the 2014 NCAA National Championship-winning team alongside Celine Boutier

Quick hits

The 36-hole cut fell at 1-under par with 86 players making it to the weekend

Defending champion Inbee Park is T11 through 36 holes at -9

LPGA Founders’ annual Pro-Am moving to Bank of Hope Founders Cup week

LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith announced today at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, that the annual Marilynn Smith LPGA Charity Pro-Am , originally held at PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Arizona, is moving to Wildfire Golf Club next year. The event will take place on the Monday following the 2020 Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“At the LPGA, our motto is ‘act like a founder’, which means do whatever it takes to leave the game better for the next generation of golfers,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “There is no greater role model for our members than LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith. Her passion for the game and for the LPGA are unequaled. Even in retirement, she continues to serve as an example to all players and teachers.”

The event benefits the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund, which the founder herself created in 1999, and to date, 159 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $838,000.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Yu Liu
-12
68
64
132
T1
Sung Hyun Park
-12
66
66
132
T3
Linnea Strom
-10
69
65
134
T3
Amy Yang
-10
68
66
134
T3
Mi Jung Hur
-10
68
66
134
T3
Angel Yin
-10
67
67
134
T3
Lydia Ko
-10
67
67
134
T3
Cheyenne Knight
-10
66
68
134
T3
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-10
65
69
134
T3
Celine Boutier
-10
64
70
134
T11
Jeongeun Lee6
-9
70
65
135
T11
Inbee Park
-9
69
66
135
T11
Nelly Korda
-9
68
67
135
T11
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
67
68
135
T11
Carlota Ciganda
-9
66
69
135
T16
Jessica Korda
-8
69
67
136
T16
Sei Young Kim
-8
69
67
136
T16
Cristie Kerr
-8
69
67
136
T16
Pornanong Phatlum
-8
66
70
136
T16
Na Yeon Choi
-8
65
71
136
T16
Charlotte Thomas
-8
65
71
136
T22
Hyo Joo Kim
-7
69
68
137
T22
Sarah Schmelzel
-7
67
70
137
T22
Mirim Lee
-7
67
70
137
T22
Jenny Shin
-7
66
71
137
T22
Jin Young Ko
-7
65
72
137
T27
Anna Nordqvist
-6
72
66
138
T27
Hee Young Park
-6
71
67
138
T27
Jennifer Song
-6
70
68
138
T27
Bronte Law
-6
69
69
138
T27
Jing Yan
-6
69
69
138
T27
Marina Alex
-6
68
70
138
T27
Alana Uriell
-6
65
73
138
T34
Brittany Lincicome
-5
74
65
139
T34
Tiffany Chan
-5
73
66
139
T34
Stephanie Meadow
-5
72
67
139
T34
Amy Olson
-5
72
67
139
T34
Thidapa Suwannapura
-5
72
67
139
T34
Annie Park
-5
71
68
139
T34
Mo Martin
-5
71
68
139
T34
Shanshan Feng
-5
70
69
139
T34
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
70
69
139
T43
Anne Van Dam
-4
74
66
140
T43
Kim Kaufman
-4
73
67
140
T43
Austin Ernst
-4
72
68
140
T43
Caroline Masson
-4
71
69
140
T43
Gaby Lopez
-4
70
70
140
T43
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
70
70
140
T43
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
69
71
140
T43
Ally McDonald
-4
69
71
140
T43
Chella Choi
-4
69
71
140
T43
Peiyun Chien
-4
69
71
140
T53
Eun-Hee Ji
-3
72
69
141
T53
Wichanee Meechai
-3
71
70
141
T53
Azahara Munoz
-3
70
71
141
T53
Wei-Ling Hsu
-3
70
71
141
T53
Ruixin Liu
-3
70
71
141
T53
Haru Nomura
-3
70
71
141
T53
Georgia Hall
-3
69
72
141
T53
Su Oh
-3
69
72
141
T53
Hannah Green
-3
69
72
141
T53
Katherine Kirk
-3
68
73
141
T63
Sandra Gal
-2
73
69
142
T63
Emma Talley
-2
73
69
142
T63
Dana Finkelstein
-2
72
70
142
T63
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
-2
72
70
142
T63
Alison Lee
-2
70
72
142
T63
Mi Hyang Lee
-2
70
72
142
T63
Tiffany Joh
-2
69
73
142
T70
Kristen Gillman
-1
74
69
143
T70
Brianna Do
-1
74
69
143
T70
Megan Khang
-1
74
69
143
T70
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-1
73
70
143
T70
Charley Hull
-1
73
70
143
T70
Lee-Anne Pace
-1
73
70
143
T70
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
73
70
143
T70
In Gee Chun
-1
72
71
143
T70
Yoon-Ji Cho
-1
72
71
143
T70
Sarah Jane Smith
-1
71
72
143
T70
Minjee Lee
-1
71
72
143
T70
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
70
73
143
T70
Xiyu Lin
-1
70
73
143
T70
Lizette Salas
-1
69
74
143
T70
Brittany Altomare
-1
69
74
143
T70
Clariss Guce
-1
68
75
143
T70
Daniela Darquea
-1
67
76
143
T87
Stacy Lewis
E
75
69
144
T87
Jaye Marie Green
E
74
70
144
T87
Morgan Pressel
E
74
70
144
T87
Christina Kim
E
73
71
144
T87
Brittany Marchand
E
71
73
144
T87
Mariah Stackhouse
E
71
73
144
T87
Nicole Broch Larsen
E
70
74
144
T87
Brittany Lang
E
69
75
144
T95
Juli Inkster
1
76
69
145
T95
Catriona Matthew
1
75
70
145
T95
Laura Davies
1
74
71
145
T95
Isi Gabsa
1
74
71
145
T95
Jenny Haglund
1
73
72
145
T95
Lauren Stephenson
1
73
72
145
T95
Aditi Ashok
1
73
72
145
T95
In-Kyung Kim
1
73
72
145
T95
Kendall Dye
1
72
73
145
T95
Ayako Uehara
1
72
73
145
T95
Candie Kung
1
71
74
145
T95
Marissa Steen
1
71
74
145
T95
Haeji Kang
1
69
76
145
T108
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
2
75
71
146
T108
Jane Park
2
75
71
146
T108
Lindy Duncan
2
75
71
146
T108
Celine Herbin
2
74
72
146
T108
Mariajo Uribe
2
74
72
146
T108
Alena Sharp
2
74
72
146
T108
Csicsi Rozsa
2
73
73
146
T108
Mel Reid
2
73
73
146
T108
Pernilla Lindberg
2
72
74
146
T108
Ashleigh Buhai
2
70
76
146
T118
Youngin Chun
3
76
71
147
T118
Sakura Yokomine
3
76
71
147
T118
Jackie Stoelting
3
74
73
147
T118
Mina Harigae
3
74
73
147
T118
Ryann O’Toole
3
73
74
147
T118
Dani Holmqvist
3
73
74
147
T118
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
3
72
75
147
T118
Jacqui Concolino
3
72
75
147
T118
Yani Tseng
3
72
75
147
T118
Maria Torres
3
69
78
147
T128
Angela Stanford
4
76
72
148
T128
Pavarisa Yoktuan
4
75
73
148
T128
Dottie Ardina
4
75
73
148
T128
Angelina Kim (a)
4
74
74
148
T128
Jeong Eun Lee
4
74
74
148
T128
Lindsey Weaver
4
73
75
148
T128
Jaclyn Lee
4
73
75
148
T128
Karine Icher
4
72
76
148
T136
Gerina Piller
5
78
71
149
T136
Madelene Sagstrom
5
74
75
149
T136
Klara Spilkova
5
73
76
149
T139
Benyapa Niphatsophon
6
78
72
150
T139
Kris Tamulis
6
77
73
150
141
Becca Huffer
7
75
76
151
T142
Joanna Klatten
9
76
77
153
T142
Maddie McCrary
9
73
80
153
WD
Beatriz Recari
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