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Borrowed putter helps Chinese team win

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GURNEE, Ill. – Xi Yu Lin overcame an embarrassing mistake to help give China a shot at making Sunday singles at the UL International Crown.

Lin took her putter back to her hotel room after Friday’s tough day on the greens to do a little practicing on the carpet in her room, but when she arrived at the Merit Club Saturday morning . . .

“I realized that the putter wasn’t with me,” Lin said.

She left it back in her room.

“Obviously, my very big mistake,” Lin said.

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Well, not in the final accounting Saturday, with Lin borrowing a putter from the club pro at the Merit Club, an Odyssey blade similar to her putter. Lin played like the putter was tailored to her stroke. She made five birdies with it, teaming with Jing Yan to defeat Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Ssu Chia Cheng, 5 and 4. 

Lin was asked if she were going to give the putter back.

“He can have mine,” Lin cracked.

Lin also holed out from a bunker for an eagle, helping give China a chance to make Sunday singles. The Chinese are sitting second in Pool A but won’t know if they’ll advance to singles until Korea and Australia finish their weather-suspended matches.