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Schmelzel leads at LPGA's Singapore tournament; Henderson struggles

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SINGAPORE (AP) — Sarah Schmelzel birdied two of her final three holes Thursday for a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over three players that included fellow American Lilia Vu at the LPGA tournament in Singapore.

Also tied for second with Vu at the HSBC Women's World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club were Linn Grant and Esther Henseleit.

Two-time defending champion Jin Young Ko shot 71. Patty Tavatanakit, who won last week's LPGA event in Thailand, shot 73.

Australia's Minjee Lee, playing for the first time this year on the LPGA Tour, had a 74 and Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. shot 75.

Henderson bogeyed three of her first five holes and played the next 13 even-par as she sat in a tie for 48th at the end of the round. 

This is the second of three straight weeks in Asia. Next week the tour moves to China and the Blue Bay event on Hainan Island.


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