HSBC Women's World Championship R1

Inbee Park leading in Singapore

Womens World 2021 R1
April 29 – May 02
Sentosa Golf Club, Tanjong Course, Singapore
$1,600,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Inbee Park went bogey-free and recorded eight birdies, hit every fairway and missed only two greens on the New Tanjong Course for a first-round 64 and a 1-shot lead.


Womens World 2021 R1

“I hit a lot of great shots but probably left myself a lot of ten to 15-footers, and I was able to make most of them, which has been the difference this year,” said Park. “You know, holing putts when you need to hole, especially ten to 15-footers, so those percentage the last few years wasn’t that great but this year has been a little better. So I think that really paid off today.”


Womens World 2021 R1

Park made four birdies on both the front and back nines, securing the first-round lead/co-lead for the 12th time in her LPGA Tour career. In the five previous occurrences, Park went on to win four times, most recently at the 2021 Kia Classic. She also held the 18-hole lead back in 2015 at the HSBC Women’s World Championship, her first of two victories in Singapore.

“It definitely reminded me of some good memories when I was playing good out there today, just if I can raise this trophy again this time, I definitely thought about it. The good memories definitely make me concentrate even harder,” said Park.


Womens World 2021 R1

One-stroke behind is Hee Young Park at 7-under, her best score since the third round of the 2019 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (65). Park kicked things off with a birdie on the first hole, but said she truly felt the momentum shift in her favor with her eagle on the 10th.

“I just tried to survive with this heat in Singapore, which is — I love it, but after played the front nine, I had a good moment on No. 10. Made a eagle. Then really makes everything easier, less pressure and then I played with nice people, nice girls today and we tried to have fun with this hot weather. So I think everything goes, like everything easy. Hit the fairways and greens and easy to make two-putt and sometimes birdie.”


Womens World 2021 R1

Park, a native to South Korea, hasn’t been back to Asia in over a year and a half, and is happy to be back in a comfortable environment. “I have a lot of good memories in Singapore and Thailand and Asia playing golf tournaments. Always reminds me, I played well before and I think I can do it. It kind of inspires me all the time, so I think it helps,” said Park.

Three major champions – Hyo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Sophia Popov – are among five tied for third at 5-under after the first day. Ryu, who said she was most proud of her putting, carded just one lone bogey in route to her 67, and with no cut, hopes to keep the momentum going through the next three days.


Womens World 2021 R1

“I think the no cut event gives us more opportunity, even if you’re not playing well the first two rounds, you still have two rounds to go and you still have chance to shoot really low and then come back really high up again,” said Ryu. “I think no cut events definitely giving us more chance and more confidence, and because I started really great today, I want to keep my low score for all three days.” 

LPGA Tour winners Gaby Lopez, Amy Yang, Jeongeun Lee6 and Shanshan Feng as well as Su Oh and Brittany Altomare round out the top-10 in a tie for eighth at 4-under. Defending champion Sung Hyun Park is in 69th at 6-over.

Womens World 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
R1
1
Inbee Park
-8
32-32
64
2
Hee Young Park
-7
34-31
65
T3
Hyo Joo Kim
-5
33-34
67
T3
Caroline Masson
-5
33-34
67
T3
So Yeon Ryu
-5
34-33
67
T3
Xiyu Lin
-5
33-34
67
T3
Sophia Popov
-5
34-33
67
T8
Brittany Altomare
-4
32-36
68
T8
Gaby Lopez
-4
32-36
68
T8
Su Oh
-4
33-35
68
T8
Jeongeun Lee6
-4
34-34
68
T8
Shanshan Feng
-4
35-33
68
T8
Amy Yang
-4
34-34
68
T14
Marina Alex
-3
34-35
69
T14
Lydia Ko
-3
33-36
69
T14
Minjee Lee
-3
33-36
69
T14
Charley Hull
-3
35-34
69
T14
Katherine Kirk
-3
35-34
69
T14
Carlota Ciganda
-3
35-34
69
T14
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
35-34
69
T14
Pornanong Phatlum
-3
34-35
69
T22
Patty Tavatanakit
-2
36-34
70
T22
Cheyenne Knight
-2
35-35
70
T22
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
35-35
70
T22
Mel Reid
-2
35-35
70
T22
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
37-33
70
T22
Bronte Law
-2
34-36
70
T28
Jin Young Ko
-1
36-35
71
T28
Amy Olson
-1
35-36
71
T28
Hannah Green
-1
35-36
71
T28
Chella Choi
-1
35-36
71
T28
Jasmine Suwannapura
-1
36-35
71
T28
Mirim Lee
-1
35-36
71
T28
Wei-Ling Hsu
-1
36-35
71
T28
Annie Park
-1
35-36
71
T28
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
36-35
71
T28
Emily Kristine Pedersen
-1
34-37
71
T28
In Gee Chun
-1
35-36
71
T28
Angel Yin
-1
36-35
71
T40
Danielle Kang
E
37-35
72
T40
Megan Khang
E
35-37
72
T40
Nicole Broch Larsen
E
35-37
72
T40
Ashleigh Buhai
E
38-34
72
T40
Gerina Piller
E
35-37
72
T40
Ally Ewing
E
37-35
72
T40
Jing Yan
E
33-39
72
T40
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
37-35
72
T48
Eun-Hee Ji
1
36-37
73
T48
Azahara Munoz
1
37-36
73
T48
Celine Boutier
1
37-36
73
T48
Lizette Salas
1
37-36
73
T48
Alena Sharp
1
37-36
73
T48
Georgia Hall
1
33-40
73
T48
In Kyung Kim
1
36-37
73
T55
Kristen Gillman
2
38-36
74
T55
A Lim Kim
2
37-37
74
T55
Nasa Hataoka
2
40-34
74
T55
Ariya Jutanugarn
2
37-37
74
T55
Angela Stanford
2
36-38
74
T55
Anna Nordqvist
2
40-34
74
T55
Brittany Lincicome
2
39-35
74
T55
Yu Liu
2
35-39
74
T63
Mi Hyang Lee
3
38-37
75
T63
Cydney Clanton
3
39-36
75
T63
Jaye Marie Green
3
40-35
75
T66
Hinako Shibuno
4
40-36
76
T66
Jenny Shin
4
37-39
76
T66
Amanda Tan
4
36-40
76
69
Sung Hyun Park
6
39-39
78
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