CHIEN WORKING THROUGH SWING CHANGE
One of three players tied for the lead at 12-under par after 36 holes, Peiyun Chien (Pingtung, Chinese Taipei) heads into the final round of the Symetra Classic looking to become a two-time winner. Before looking ahead to Sunday, Chien implemented a last minute swing change that is working in her favor.
“Actually yesterday, I tried to change my backswing. I realized my club position was off. It’s an old problem, but my club is always too far inside,” said Chien. “I just tried very hard to feel what it’s like when I push it outside. It’s pretty weird for me, but I am doing very well. I gave it a try out here and I am going to keep trying it on the LPGA.”
Chien carded a 4-under par performance in the second round, which included five birdies on the back nine. Tomorrow, she will head out for the third round from No. 1 tee at 9:50 a.m. ET.
LITI FINDS EAGLE MID-ROUND
Roberta Liti (Siena, Italy) ended two rounds with a score of 9-under par. Liti went 3-under par this afternoon, highlighted by an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys. She’ll not only be searching for her first win on the Symetra Tour this weekend, but also her first top-10 in her career.
“I knew from yesterday that it was going to be much firmer and I would have to play the greens a bit different,” said Liti “It wasn't an easy putt, it was kind of like double breaker but with my caddie, we read the line really well so I hit a good putt and it just went in. I haven't made any eagle in a long time, so it was nice.”
This year, Liti made three cuts of six starts. Her highest finish thus far is tied for twenty-one at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. This week she has Brandi Rodriguez as her caddie in Daytona Beach in hopes to continue the stride she has had the first two rounds.
“It definitely helps to have someone like Brandi,” Liti said. “She's played out here, so she can definitely help me. She's been very important to just keep me calm and give me the right advise or confirm what I see. It just gives me a little more confidence.”
REDDING KEEPING CONSISTENT
Back-to-back, Anna Redding (Concord, NC), shot 5-under par to go into day three 10-under par. Redding started the day hot with four birdies in a row and with only one bogey throughout the first 36 holes.
“I feel good. I'm proud of myself how I’ve played the past two days,” said Redding. “It's been very consistent; I just been put myself on fairways on the greens and got the ball in the hole quicker. I've been just very solid.”
The University of Virginia alumna is in her rookie season on the “Road to the LPGA.” Not yet missing a cut and already claiming a second-place finish, Redding looks forward to this season’s first four-round event.
“I'm excited play a two more rounds,” said Redding. “I think it helps us prepare for the next level, so I'm really looking forward to it and it's fun to have more rounds to chase down the leaders.”
Ana Belac (-12, T1) on finishing day two with an eagle:
“It was a rough start today you know. I was just like oh like let's not have another day two and then I just like managed to really focus in every single shot and take it shot by shot. On the back nine it just started going well and I holed two really long putts in the last two holes so that was a bonus.”
Robyn Choi (-12, T1) on the first four round event of the season:
“Patience. Patience is going to be so important the rest of the weekend. It’s a marathon really, one hole is not going to do everything. It's a long it's a long process, so just being patient and wait for the birdies to drop.”
Kendall Dye (-8, T7) on experience playing LPGA International:
“Fortunately or unfortunately I've played this course many many times. It’s in a different kind of shape. I know the greens very well from memory, so I hardly have any notes in my yardage book which is unlike me but I've got Louis on the bag and he's a veteran and we are just giggling down the fairway.”
- Belac is a native of Portoroz, Slovenia
- Signed with Sterling Sports Management
- Two-time winner of the Leone di San Marco
- Represented native country at 2014 Youth Olympic Games
- Member of victorious International Team at 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup
- Two-time All-ACC selection for Duke University as sophomore and junior
- Earned co-medalist honors at 2017 Landfall Tradition and 2019 East Lake Cup
- Competed at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April of 2019
- Named a 2020 Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) First Team All-American
- Led the Blue Devils to the 2019 NCAA Championship team title for the seventh in program history
- Finished T61 at Stage II of the 2019 LPGA Qualifying Tournament to first earn Symetra Tour membership as a 2020 rookie
- Peiyun, 29, is a native of Pingtung, Chinese Taipei
- Won four TLPGA events (2009-2011)
- Played 11 events on the Symetra Tour in 2012 and one in 2013 before focusing on playing in Asia until 2016
- Won the inaugural Kansas City Championship and finished 10th on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card Money List to earn LPGA status for 2017 season
- Finished ninth on the TLPGA in 2015 and tenth in 2016
- Caddied for good friend Yani Tseng at the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
- Season-best T9 at the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour
- Choi, 22, is a native of Gold Coast, Australia
- Represented native country at 2016 World Amateur Team Championship
- Qualified for both the 0217 and 2018 U.S. Women’s Open Championship
- Set the University of Colorado program record for scoring average by a sophomore (72.69)
- Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Honorable Mention All-American and All-Pac 12 First Team in 2018
- Finished T45 at the 2018 LPGA Q-Series to first earn LPGA and Symetra Tour membership as a 2019 rookie
- Made seven cuts across nine starts on the Symetra Tour in 2019 with a season best T18 at the IOA Golf Classic
- Made three cuts across 12 starts on the LPGA Tour in 2019 with a season-best 36th at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational