Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

Uehara in contention at ANA Inspiration, 5 shots off pace

Uehara in contention at ANA Inspiration, 5 shots off pace

Lindberg, in her ninth year on the LPGA Tour and ranked No. 95 in the Rolex World Rankings, is at 14-under as she seeks her first career victory as a professional.

South Korea's Sung Hyun Park and Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg share the ANA Inspiration lead after two days of competition at the Mission Hills Country Club in California.

Lindberg scrambled for pars on the first four holes on the back nine, ran in an 18-foot birdie putt on 14 and made a 25-footer for par on 15 for a two-stroke swing. She three-putted the par-three fifth and par-four 12th, missing from four and three feet on 12.

Park and Lindberg topped the leaderboard at a tournament-record 12-under 132, three strokes ahead of third-place Jessica Korda after two rounds in hot and calm conditions at Mission Hills. "I asked him to read every putt for me, I just couldn't see anything", said Wie, who trails early 36-hole leader Sung Hyun Park by 10 shots after the frontrunner fired an 8-under 64.

"It's just something I've been working hard on for years". "I've played a lot of golf in my life, and I just feel like the pieces are kind of falling together". While Lindberg, 31, has one top-10 to her credit at a major (T-5 at the 2015 U.S. Women's Open), Olson hasn't finished better than T-52 (2016 USWO).

"It was a rough day out there today", said Park, 24, who posted a 2-over 74 and slid into a six-way tie for third at 10-under 206. "There were a bunch of fairways that I (missed), so that was something that I am disappointed in my shots".

Amy Olson was second after a 68.

Amy Olson, a 25-year-old from North Dakota, finds herself in second place, just three strokes out of the lead.

Charley Hull (69), Moriya Jutanugarn (66), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (69) and Jennifer Song (68) also are in that pack.

Lindberg got her day off to the best possible start with a birdie on her opening hole but the Swede was unable to build any momentum, taking a bogey at five before getting the shot back at eight.

Inbee Park was seven shots off the lead coming into the third round - not an insurmountable deficit at this event, as Karrie Webb proved in 2006 by coming from seven shots back to win.

Self-coached Park said she had not even been aware of her score. "I love to grind, so I focus all of my energy on the putting green".

They approach golf "more like a game", she said. Defending champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to just make the cut at one over.

"I definitely saw one golf ball today, which was good", she said, adding that she had tried to conserve energy.

"I know she's going to make birdies", said Lindberg, a former All-American at Oklahoma State.

After her big victory in Singapore, Wie conveyed a message to her management team: "The first thing I said to my agents and everyone was just, 'Let's just simmer down on the expectations and the hype and everything'".

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