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Teenage Pro Celina Yuan Hits Parrot Mid-Flight

Sydney golfer Celina Yuan's ball struck a bird in mid-flight in Dubai. (Photo: Ladies European Tour)
The distress of watching a parrot collide with her golf ball in mid-flight and die has done little to thwart the brilliant play of rookie Australian professional Celina Yuan at the Dubai Ladies Classic.

Yuan - who qualified for the Ladies European Tour (LET) last December as a 17-year-old - has opened with rounds of 69-68 at Emirates Golf Club to sit in a tie for third at 7 under par midway through the tour's season-ending event.

Speaking after her second round, Yuan, now 18, recounted the unfortunate incident during her first round involving the bird.

"I was going to hit my shot and everything was clear and then once I began and I hit my shot, out in there, a parrot flew by and hit it in mid-air and then it just, it passed away." 

"I got my mind off it and focused on my game after that."

Strangely, Yuan said she had experienced a similar incident a couple of years ago while hitting balls on a practice range.

"Somehow these things keep happening to me and it has happened before, once before, and again it was mid-air and I just somehow hit it, hit another bird."


Yuan enters the third round three shots behind Dutch leader Anne Van Dam and in need of a very large pay cheque if she want to keep playing rights on the LET for 2018.

The Sydneysider has made only €750 from 10 events and is currently 138th on the LET Order of Merit.

"I just hope to do just as well the next two days."

Yuan - who grew up playing at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney - has recovered quickly after finishing 155th at last week's final stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Of the other Australians competing in Dubai, Sarah Kemp is 34th at 2 under and Whitney Hillier is at even par and in 48th place.

Australia’s two most recent additions to the LPGA Tour, Rebecca Artis and Hannah Green, each missed the cut along with Stacey Peters


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