South Korea’s Park seizes lead with 66

Updated 12 November 2012
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South Korea’s Park seizes lead with 66

GUADALAJARA, Mexico: Inbee Park, seeking a third victory of the year and trying to catch Stacy Lewis in the LPGA Player of the Year race, seized a two-shot lead at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Saturday.
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.”


Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

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Mohamed Salah named Premier League’s best player of the year at PFA awards

  • Egyptian superstar currently has 30 Premier League goals this season
  • Salah beat the likes of De Bruyne and Kane to the award

LONDON: Mohamed Salah was crowned the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday, with his incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool beating out strong competition from Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.
“It’s a big honor. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.

"It's an honor, especially as it's voted by the players. I am happy and proud," Salah added.

"I didn't have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player."

Salah matched a Premier League record tally for a single season by scoring his 31st league goal of the campaign in a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
“You’re comparing your name with some great names,” he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. “To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.
“There are still three games to go. I want to break this record.”
Salah has also netted seven times in eight Champions League games, including in both legs of Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of City, to carry his side to a first semifinal for a decade.
De Bruyne showed why he had been many people’s early-season favorite for the prize with an incredible long-range strike for his 12th goal of the season to go with a league-high number of assists as champions City thrashed Swansea 5-0 on Sunday.
“From my point of view when you are analizing 10 months, there is no player better than him,” said City manager Pep Guardiola of the Belgian midfielder.
“Maybe there are numbers better but for me he was the best. But it is my opinion, the opinions of the players could be different. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”
City did pick up a prize from the PFA gala in central London on Sunday, though, as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.
Sane, another City team-mate David Silva, De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were the other five nominees for the main prize.