A surprise winner of the 2019 British Open while still playing on the Japanese pro circuit, Hinako Shibuno is now aiming for a second Major title. The Japanese golfer, author of a splendid 66 (-6), takes control of the Chevron Championship at -9 ahead of the Americans Annie Park and Jennifer Kupcho and the defending champion, the Thai Patty Tavatanakit. Very solid, Céline Boutier (photo) is in ninth place with -5. Perrine Delacour and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard also cross the cut set at +1.
Lost court in 2021, 51 in 2020… The business card ofhinako shibuno in Rancho Mirage was almost non-existent taking the start this Thursday since this last Chevron Championship a mission hills country club before moving to Houston, Texas in 2023. And then the magic of golf helped, the Japanese finds herself leading the tournament this year after 36 holes with a score of -9 (135).
Become famous in the world of women’s golf by offering the British Open 2019 for your first visit to the LPGA tourHinako Shibuno, thanks to a sublime card of 66 (-6) with seven birdies against a single bogey, is one point ahead of the Americans annie park Y jennifer kupcho, co-lead the day beforeas well as the defending champion of Thailand, patty tavatanakit.
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Starting in fairly warm and sunny playing conditions, he built his magnificent day on the first 13 holes of the Dinah Shore Tournament Coursehighlighting four birdies in six holes before adding three more from 9 to 13 after a single error in the 8. An almost perfect turn for this 23-year-old, surpassed by the US Cards last December…
” I always thought that this course was too difficult for me.However, he declared at the end of the recording with the help of an interpreter. I couldn’t imagine that I could sign such a score here… »
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The weekend promises to be very indecisive despite everything, as the distance to the pursuers remains small. The South Koreans, victorious in Majors, Sei Young Kim Y Hyo Joo Kim they are thus fifth at -7 (137). the dane Nanna Koerstz Madsen67 (-5) this Friday in California, winner in Thailand three weeks ago and defeated in the play-off last weekend in Carlsbad (classic JTBC) for the Thai Atthaya Thitikulranks seventh (ex-aequo) with -6 (138).
And then there’s Celine Boutiersuper solid in this second lap with her card of 69, the best lap matched here in fourteen laps since her debut in 2015. The Frenchwoman, despite a double conceded in a par 5 of 2 (part of 10), made her best start in this first Major of the season, whose reference result is a 44th place obtained in 2020. Ninth to -5, the Frenchwoman is only four lengths behind Shibuno.
Tenth the day before, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard instead, he has “unscrewed” with a very difficult 75 (+3) that places him in 54th place, in the total pair. The LPGA Tour rookie, starting from 10th, cashed in four bogeys for a single birdie on the par 3 of 17. However, it is her third cut in four Grand Slam starts after theUS Open 2020 (46) and theAmundi Evian Championship 2021 (38).
” The background of the game was quite good, like yesterday.then analyzes his coach present on the spot, alain alberti. He made three bogeys on the par 5 and the pins were a little harder… He also had fewer birdie chances between holes 5 and 7 than yesterday. But I would say that the difference today is mainly in his three bogeys on the par 5. We’ll see this weekend how he does… »
nice reaction finally perrine delacour, badly embarked on Thursday with its inaugural 75. La Picarde, who had not made the cut in 2021, achieved an impeccable comeback scoring four birdies from 12 to 18 after a first leg completed in 37 (+1). She joins Pauline Roussin-Bouchard in 54th place in the tournament, as does the Swiss alban valenzuela or the Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist, inbee park.
The summary of the 2nd round
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