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No. 2 ranked Park back on course after thumb injury

World No. 2 female golfer Park In-bee is returning after a month-long absence from the tour.

Park has missed the past three LPGA tournaments due to ligament injury on her left thumb, including the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Volunteers of America Texas Shootout presented by JTBC and the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

Park has made an almost full recovery from the injury and plans to participate in the upcoming Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, slated for this weekend, from May 20 to May 23. Park has eight tournaments left, including two major events, before the Olympics roster is finalized on July 11, although at this point, Park essentially has guaranteed her position in the Korean Olympics team squad.

Despite her absence, she is still ranked second behind Lydia Ko, thanks to her five LPGA wins from last season.

By Choi Hyung-jo


Kota scores two in opening game of Champions League

TOKYO - Kota Mizunuma scored twice as FC Tokyo opened the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League by beating Shanghai SIPG 2-1 on Tuesday.

Mizunuma scored from a free kick just before halftime and well-timed a volley in the 65th, 10 minutes after striker Wu Lei equalized for the Chinese Super League club.

Leonardo scored a vital away goal for Jeonbuk, helping the K-League club hold Melbourne Victory to 1-1 and a provide a slender advantage in the return leg next week at home.

Besart Berisha’s close-range header in the fifth minute was equalized by Jeonbuk, just eight minutes later, after Matthieu Delpierre brought down Han Kyo-won on the edge of the area and Leonardo curled the resulting free kick past Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

“We’ve scored in every one of our away trips this competition,” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said. “We can take confidence from the amount of chances we created.”

Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee said his side did “pretty well” despite being tired from the trip to Australia. “We have one more home game ... a home game is much advantage,” he said.

In other matches, Al Nasr of the United Arab Emirates and El Jaish of Qatar will take a big advantages into the second leg, while a third game between Lokomotiv and Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal was in the balance.

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