Friday, October 31, 2014




World No. 1 Inbee Park (pictured above) took control of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship on Friday, shooting a 10-under 62 to open a three-shot lead after 36 holes.
Park, who shared the first-round lead with China's Shanshan Feng, birdied five of her first six holes at Miramar Golf Country Club, mixing in a bogey. She added an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole, making the turn in 6-under 30.
On the back nine she birdied Nos. 10, 12, 14 and 15 to get to 10 under for the day and in contention for a 59. She missed a short birdie putt on 16, however, and parred in to match the course record, set earlier in the day by Mirim Lee.
Feng shot a 65 and is the only player within seven shots of Park.
Lydia Ko made six straight birdies - from No. 2 through No. 8 - on her way to a 65. She is tied for third at 10 under with Lee and Azahara Munoz, who shot a 66, and Line Vedel (68).
Stacy Lewis shot a 4-under 68 that included a water-ball double bogey on the ninth hole. She is alone in seventh, nine shots back.
Danielle Kang has yet to win an LPGA tournament. Dhe's 104th in the current Rolex Rankings. But she has a talent most of us would kill for.
Danielle Kang can make holes-in-one. Not just regular holes-in-one, which are cool enough. But she can make the kind of hole-in-one that comes with a car.
Last week in the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament in China, Kang, 22, aced the 155-yard 17th hole with an 8-iron to win a Buick LaCrosse.
Today in Taiwan, the Pepperdine University product and two-time U.S. women's amateur champion made her second ace in eight days, with a 7-iron at the 158-yard 17th hole. This time she won an Audi A6 T2.0.
"I was actually thinking about a hole-in-one, because I've been touching that car," Kang told reporters.
 "I really wanted the car. The shot was right to left. So, I wanted to aim a little right of the flag, but then I caught it OK. The ball hit the fringe,  and it just kicked straight and rolled all the way into the hole."
That was her third ace in LPGA play this season, tying the record set by Tracy Kerdyk in 1991 and matched by Charlotta Sorenstam in 2002.
Kang made a fourth hole-in-one this year in a non-tournament round. All told, she has made eight aces.