Let, Xiyu Lin wins for third time in Hong Kong


Let, Xiyu Lin wins for third time in Hong Kong
Let, Xiyu Lin wins for third time in Hong Kong © Getty Images Sport - Dylan Buell / Stringer

The Chinese Xiyu Lin won with 135 (69 66, -11) shots the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF, the 25th seasonal event of the Ladies European Tour reduced from 54 to 36 holes due to bad weather and in which Virginia Elena Carta won offered a good performance, placing 11th with 143 (70 73, -3).

Xiyu Lin, results

On the course of the Hong Kong Golf Club (par 73), in Hong Kong, Xiyu Lin surpassed the South Korean Jin Young Ko (65 70) with a birdie on the second playoff hole, with whom she had finished the tournament on par.

The Dutch Anne Van Dam was third with 136 (-10), while the Australian Stephanie Kyriacou and the Spanish Nuria Iturrioz were fourth with 137 (-9). Virginia Elena Carta, after an initial 70 (-3), closed with a 73 (par), the result of two birdies and two bogeys, earning important points in the order of merit.

The other Italian in the race, Alessandra Fanali, 70th with 153 (+7), did not make the cut. Xiyu Lin, a 27-year-old from Guangzhou and LPGA Tour player, celebrated her third title on her LET, which adds to a palmarès that also includes five victories on the China LPGA Tour and one on the Australian Tour.

Professional since 2011, the Chinese athlete also boasts a participation in the Rio 2016 Olympics. For her, a check for 71,230 thousand dollars out of a prize fund of 500,000. In the team competition, again over 36 holes, the team of the Czech KristynaNapoleaova, with the German Laura Fuenfstueck, the Argentine Magdalena Simmermacher and the South Korean amateur John Hyun prevailed with 261 (-31) strokes.

In second place, the Thai team Trichat Cheenglab (262, –30). In 16th with 271 (-21) the team of the German Alexandra Försterling, of which Alessandra Fanali was part, and in the 19th with 273 (-19) the team in which she was Virginia Elena Carta led by the Slovenian Pia Babnik.

The three winning entries received $33,000 each from a $500,000 prize pool. The Ladies European Tour (LET) is the professional circuit for female golfers (proettes) created in 1979, based in England. Most of the golfers who participate are European but it is possible to see golfers of non-European nationality, the largest contingent of which is Australian.

It is the equivalent of the LPGA for the European continent. Its mission is to organize and set up the various tournaments of the year, these can be organized outside Europe and/or be registered with another circuit (such as the Evian Masters which is also registered on the LPGA Tour).

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