Xiyu Lin looks on the bright side after another close call in Colony, Texas |  LPGA

Xiyu Lin looks on the bright side after another close call in Colony, Texas | LPGA

Despite putting up a valiant effort on Sunday at The Ascendant LPGA to benefit Volunteers of America, Xiyu Lin once again missed out on victory, finishing -17 and one behind champion Charley Hull. Starting the day tied with Hull at -11, Lin threw the opening punch, birdieing the first hole at the Old American Golf Club to reach -12 and take the lead. A punch ensued, as Hull birdied four and bogeyed to make the turn at -14, then tied with Lydia Ko and one ahead of Lin. After Lin birdie-bogeyed on 10 and 11 to stay at -13, Hull birdied three straight on 12-14 to take a three-stroke advantage with four to play. Without backing down, Lin birdied the par-3 16th to close within two of the lead and netted the par-5 17th, this week’s Aon Risk Reward Hole. But the load was simply not enough. A birdie from Hull on No. 17 gave him a one-shot lead at -18, and after the two parried the last, Lin let the tears flow as another opportunity passed her by.

“It’s funny my coach and I had a joke like trying to see how far I can get a world ranking without a win,” said Lin, who ranked 23rd in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings before this week. . “It’s not fun, but it’s fun. Every other week there are 140 players and I came second. It sucks but on the other hand, it’s good.

The second solo is Lin’s fourth top-five result and third of 2022. In March, she lost in the playoffs to Nanna Koerstz Madsen at the Honda LPGA Thailand and a few weeks ago in Cincinnati, Ohio at the first Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G, Lin finished a shot behind Ally Ewing after carding a bogey-free, 7-under 65 in the final round. While the search for her first victory on the LPGA Tour has been frustrating, the ever-positive Lin is still looking for the light and will draw a lot of energy from her week in Texas as she continues her run towards that elusive title as the LPGA Tour season is over. .

“In fact, at the beginning of the week, if you tell me that I’m going to shoot under 17 here and finish second, I’ll do it anytime because I’ve always found this course very difficult,” Lin said after all carded. four rounds in the 60s to tie his second-lowest 72-hole total on the tour. “My game isn’t top notch, but I think I’m handling it really well, and today, especially the last two holes, I’m trying really hard and making some really, really good putts. So in the together, I’m proud of myself.

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