Hee-young Yang jumped to the top of the leaderboard on the third day of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour’s Annika Driven by Gainbridge at Pelican ($3.25 million purse).
Yang fired a bogey-free 9-under 61 with one eagle and seven birdies in the third round of the tournament at the par-70 Pelican Golf Club in Bellerive, Florida (USA) on Wednesday.
She is tied for second place with Lilia Boo (USA) at 15-under par 195. She is three strokes behind leader Emily Pedersen (DEN) at 18-under-par 192.
Yang continued her momentum from the previous day’s second round, when she carded six birdies and one bogey to move from tied 62nd to tied 13th.
On the day, Yang hit the fairway 13 of 14 times and hit 94.4 percent (17-of-18) of her greens in regulation.
Yang, who made her LPGA Tour debut in 2008, won her first title at the Hana Bank Championship in 2013 and has finished on top three times (2015-2017-2019) at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
This year, she has three top-10 finishes, with her best finish being a tie for third at the Meyer Classic in June.
“I didn’t think about how many strokes I was making (during the match). I was just focused on playing,” she said, adding, “I haven’t won a tournament in the U.S., so it would be very special to win here.” 아톰카지노
Hae-ran Hae, who will be crowned rookie of the year if she finishes 12th or better in the tournament, had five birdies without a bogey to finish tied for 24th (7-under par 203).
Ko Jin-young had two birdies and three bogeys to drop one stroke, while Lee Jeong-jeong dropped to a tie for 32nd (6-under par 204) with Jeon Ji-in.
Nellie Koda (USA), who is looking to win her third straight event, is tied for 17th (8-under par 202).
The tournament is the successor to the Pelican Women’s Championship, which ran for three years from 2020 to last year and was renamed this year after Annika Sorenstam (SWE), dubbed the “Empress of Golf” for her 72 career victories.