South Korea’s Park seizes lead with 66
South Korea’s Park seizes lead with 66
South Korea’s Park had six birdies — three on the front nine and three on the back — in her six-under 66 for a 54-hole total of 15-under par 201 at the Guadalajara Country Club.
“I had a really solid day today,” Park said, adding that back-to-back birdies to open the round “makes the day really easy.”
She was two shots in front of American Cristie Kerr, who carded a 67 for 203. South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu also posted a 67 for 204 and American Angela Stanford, who held a one-shot lead over Park going into the third round, posted a 72 for 205. Next came France’s Karine Icher after a 69 for 207.
Lewis, ranked second in the world and coming off an LPGA-leading fourth title of the year in Japan last week, was tied for sixth on eight-under 208, alongside American Michelle Wie, Taiwan’s Candie Kung and South Korean Hee Kyung Seo.
Lewis, who is trying to become the first US golfer to win the points-based Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994, carded a 71.
Park, who won the Evian Masters in France in July and the LPGA Malaysia last month would have to win this week and at next week’s season finale even to have a chance to pass Lewis for Player of the Year honors.
Park said she was trying to focus only on her game, and not on her chances of overtaking Lewis in the race for Player of the Year, which remain slim even if she wins.
“I mean, I can’t expect Stacy to play bad two events in a row,” she said. “So I mean, even if I don’t win Player of the Year, I’ve had a really great season and I’m really satisfied with myself.”
Park currently leads the money list, as well as the race for the Vare Trophy for the player with the lowest scoring average.
“That would be two big achievements this season,” she said. “If I win three (awards), I don’t have anything else to do next season so it’s kind of good to have one, maybe, or two and take it one step at a time.
“I’m not going to play golf this year, then quit,” she added. “I have a lot of years in front of me.”
Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot
ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.