Chinese Golfer Liu Ruixin Surges Ahead at LPGA Queen City Championship

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, China’s Liu Ruixin took the lead in the first round of the LPGA Queen City Championship, finishing with an impressive seven-under par 65. Liu’s outstanding performance came despite battling severe allergies, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to the sport.

Liu, aged 24, showcased her exceptional putting skills, needing just 27 putts in a bogeyfree round at Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her remarkable round included a total of seven birdies, with five of them occurring in the first nine holes, followed by two more on the back nine.

Reflecting on her surprising success, Liu humbly stated, “I dont know how I did this good, but it happened, and Im very happy to take it. Its worth noting that Liu had recently been struggling with allergies, which led her to withdraw from last weeks Portland Classic. Despite still not being entirely free from allergies, she managed to deliver a performance that placed her at the top of the leaderboard.

Liu particularly credited her putting skills for her excellent round. She commented, “I pretty much made everything except for hole No. 12. That’s the only bad hole I played today.” Even with a minor setback on the 12th hole, Liu managed to maintain her composure and secure a clubhouse lead that held throughout the afternoon.

Sharing the second position on the leaderboard, just one stroke behind Liu, were Elizabeth Szokol, Dottie Ardina, Linnea Strom, and Chien Peiyun. Ardina, from the Philippines, displayed an impressive performance with seven birdies in the first ten holes, only to encounter a bogey at the 12th.

Sweden’s Linnea Strom and Taiwan’s Chien Peiyun showcased their prowess with seven birdies each, accompanied by just one bogey. American Elizabeth Szokol played a bogey-free round, contributing six birdies to join the group sharing the second spot.

The competition remains fierce, with six players tied at 67, including Australian Minjee Lee, France’s Perrine Delacour, Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen, England’s Charley Hull, and South Koreans Ryu Hae-ran and Choi Hye-jin.

Another notable contender is China’s Yin Ruoning, who currently holds the second position in the world rankings. Yin, who secured an impressive third-place finish in Portland, aims to secure a top-four finish in Cincinnati, potentially propelling her to the world’s number one ranking.

Defending champion American Ally Ewing commenced her title defense with a solid start, finishing the first round with a three-under par 69.

Liu Ruixin’s remarkable performance and resilience in the face of adversity have set the stage for an exciting and competitive LPGA Queen City Championship.