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Relaxed Texas homecoming for Hur before LPGA Asian swing

AFP

Washington (AFP) -

South Korea's Hur Mi-jung comes home to Texas for the LPGA Volunteers of America Classic off her second title of the year and ahead of the tour's late-season Asian swing.

The final US event before next month's season-ending Tour Championship will see 120 players compete starting Thursday at Old American Golf Club in suburban Dallas, just down the road from Hur's home in McKinney.

"It will be awesome because I live here and a lot of my friends are here as well, there will be to come to watch me. I'm just trying to enjoy my golf as same as last week," Hur said. "I don't want to think about too much about the win because it definitely pressure by myself, so I just want to play like a fun game."

Hur's parents, brother and husband will be watching as she tries to match the wire-to-wire win, a career first, she managed last week at Indianapolis. Hur, ranked 23rd, also won the Ladies Scottish Open in August to snap a five-year LPGA win drought.

"I was always thinking about more than one win per year. I just did it and this is my 11th year on tour," Hur said. "It takes so much time to do it, but I'm happy because I did it."

The LPGA shifts to Asia for events in Shanghai, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan before the finale in Florida.

World number two and defending champion Park Sung-hyun seeks her third title of the year as well, having captured last year's crown by one stroke over American Lindy Duncan when the event was played in May. 

Park won this year's HSBC Women's World Championship in March at Singapore and June's Northwest Arkansas Championship.

It will be the final event of the year for another hometown player, Texas native Brittany Lang, who will take a break for maternity leave. She is expecting her first child in January.

"I was really tired early on, which was hard to play being so tired, but once I got over that hump, I actually feel fantastic right now," Lang said. "It's a little different being a little bigger with having more weight in the center, so I've had to narrow my stance a little bit.

"I'm not hitting it that much shorter, maybe like a half club, so I feel pretty good. Hope to end on a positive note."