‘Hole-in-one’ Kim finishes third in 3R at the LPGA of Canada, three strokes back
South Korea’s Se-Young Kim moved into a tie for second place after the third round of the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour’s CPKC Women’s Open ($2.5 million purse) and is looking for an upset victory.
Kim carded two eagles, three birdies and two bogeys for a 5-under 67 in the third round on Sunday (Sept. 27) at the par-72, 6,709-yard Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, Canada.
Her 8-under-par 208 total puts her in a tie for second place, up four spots from a tie for sixth the day before.
She is three shots off the lead with Megan Kang (USA) at 11-under 205.
Kim, who has 12 career LPGA Tour victories, including the 2020 major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, hasn’t added a win since the Pelican Championship in November 2020.
With no top-10 finishes this season, her best finish being a tie for 13th at last month’s U.S. Women’s Open, she has a chance to rebound after competing in the top 10 all three days.
After starting the day on the first hole, Kim held par through six holes before making her first birdie on the seventh (par-5).
She followed that up with a hole-in-one on the eighth (par-3, 184 yards) when her 5-iron tee shot went straight in, and then dropped another shot on the ninth (par-4).
A bogey on the 10th (par-4) halted the momentum, but Kim birdied the 13th (par-4) and eagled the one-under-par 14th (par-4-265 yards) after hitting her tee shot to the green.
The final hole, the 18th (par-4), left her with a bogey after her tee shot went into the right rough and she was unable to get her second shot on the green.
Kim said of her hole-in-one: “I hit my iron shot very well. The moment I hit it, the gallery cheered, so I knew it went in, and then it got louder, so I was sure.”
On his eagle on the 14th, he said, “I didn’t realize the tee was that far forward. I thought I had a good chance, and I hit my driver well and it went up and I was able to make eagle.”
“When you come to Canada, the people are very friendly, and there are a lot of Koreans here, so it’s familiar. The atmosphere is great and I think that’s why I’m playing well,” she said, “I’ll prepare well tomorrow and try my best to play a good game.”
While Kang, who is winless in 190 career LPGA Tour events, held the lead after the second round, world No. 3 Jin Young Ko, the 2019 winner of this event, carded three birdies and two bogeys to finish one stroke back in third place (6-under 210) behind Kang and Kim.
Ko said, “I was disappointed with my game. There were a lot of ups and downs, and I didn’t have as many birdie opportunities as yesterday, so it was hard to cut down my strokes, but I’m happy to finish under par,” said Ko. “I have a lot of Korean fans cheering me on, so I’m sure I’ll have fun tomorrow.”
Yuka Saso (Japan) and Georgia Hall (England) are tied for fourth at 5-under par 211.
Lee Jeong (1996) is tied for eighth (2-under 214), while Jeon Ji-in (1988) and world No. 2 Nellie Koda (USA) are tied for 11th (1-under 215).
Im and Choi are tied for 18th (even-par 216), while world No. 1 Lilia Boo (USA) is tied for 24th (1-over par 217) with Kim Hyo-Joo after three rounds.
Hae-Ran Lee (KOR) dropped four strokes and is tied for 56th (6-over par 222), while Lydia Ko (NZL) had one birdie, 카지노사이트킴 nine bogeys and a double bogey on the day to drop to 71st (12-over par 228), the lowest of the players to make the cut.