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Park lifts Olympic title defence hopes at Australian Open

Reigning Olympic champion Park In-bee vaulted into the joint lead at the LPGA Australian Open Friday in her quest to make South Korea s team for the Tokyo Games and defend her 2016 gold medal. The seven-time major winner and former world number one carded a four-under-par 69 at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, with England s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, the overnight leader, sinking birdies on the final two holes for a 70 to join her. They are one clear of American LPGA Tour rookie Jillian Hollis and two ahead of South Korea s Ayean Cho and American Marina Alex. Park has set an aggressive early-season schedule to try to climb the rankings and qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Currently ranked 17, only the top 15 are automatically eligible for the Games, with a limit of four from each country. As of this week, she is sixth in the Korean pecking order. It s probably tougher than getting a medal in the Olympics to make the team, the 31-year-old said ahead of the tournament. I probably have to win a

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