Watching that highlights reel for In Gee again, it's easy to forget that she's been struggling with neck spasms. That was a reel of really strong shots, good strategy, and confidence. Win or lose, I hope she can put together another great round like that Sunday and keep it up all year. Hwaiting!!
Looks like everything has been covered about the Leaders. However I am curious about their stamina, because it's very hot. It's Jin Young Ko first competitive Tournament and she looked tired on eighteen yesterday. Also Dean Heerden pants was soaked with sweat on the back. Maybe it wont matter just a thought.
So Yeon Ryu is another that's hasn't won an LPGA Tournament since 2018. So did have six birdies third round but three bogeys and a double. Hopefully she can make the birdies again, but not the bogeys.
Sei Young Kim came back with a nice sixty seven, after two seventy four rounds.
A Lim Kim got her first Tournament bogey on the eleven hole. She made bogey on two of the last three holes to drop out of the top ten. She still has a good chance to make a top ten at minus five.
Jin Young admitted that she was a little stressed by the record in round 3. Not only did she tie the all-time record for most consecutive rounds in the 60s for the second time today, she also tied the all-time record for most consecutive rounds under par at 29 (held natch by Annika and Lydia Ko). Good luck to her tomorrow rewriting the record books (but try not to think about it too much, Jin Young!!). Hwaiting!
JTibs with Ken Herring ... I don't recall his name on the LPGA before, but Getty has pics of him on the men's Euro tour with Westwood and Bjorn. She had some other guy at Gainbridge and Crown Colony.
The LPGA website caddy list says Saso was employing Noboyuki Kuga ... funny, that guy doesn't look Japanese. It is definitely NOT Vern Tess, whom she had in Florida. I wonder where ex-loop Lionel will end up ... maybe slinging a Sunday bag over each shoulder at the Pines course during the Shoprite pro-am?
What can you say? Jin Young Ko is a legend in the making! Congrats to her on another record-shattering performance and another win!
Think about this: she didn't have the lead by herself today until she took her final putt of the week. The whole rest of the day she was playing catch up. After an unexpected bogey on 12 following a too-long approach, she fell three shots back on a leaderboard where she was surrounded by players on a roll. To that point she had made just two birdies all day. There was no indication at all that she was going to even stay in the hunt, let alone win.
Then she started showing the prime reason why she has won 6 of her last 10 events: she can beat you in ways you never even imagined. In the next few holes, she: striped an iron on 13 to three feet, birdie; hit it even closer on 14, birdie; hit her tee shot into light rough on 15 but made a ridiculous 40+ foot putt, birdie; hit her drive into a bunker, got out, then hit another scorcher from 150+ y to five feet, another birdie. Even when she made egregious errors, she made birdie. Just like that, she was tied for the lead.
Then on 18, she shook off In Gee and Six like the Boss she is. Perfect drive. Iron to 15 feet. Drilled for birdie. 2-shot win with her first outright lead. Man oh man.
Poor Hot Six! She was in the solo lead or tied for it most of the day. She had some great shots in there. She was tied for the lead on the 18th tee. Her drive missed the fairway, but it hadn't seemed that bad. She hit the green, but couldn't hold it and rolled into the bunker. It was not a hard bunker shot, but she needed to make par and force Jin Young to make the putt. But she hit a clunker that rocketed into the worst patch of greenside rough I've ever seen. Just like that, game over. She fell to t-4 on one hole. It seems like every time she loses, it's in increasingly brutal fashion. She's the Wile E. Coyote of the LPGA.
Believe it or not, this was the first time In Gee had a lead going into a final round since her Evian win in 2016. She didn't have a great day, but she didn't make any real mistakes on the back nine, either (except maybe on 18). The highlight was her incredible approach to sixteen that set up a fifteen foot eagle chance. It lipped out. Argh! That would have put her into a tie for the lead with Jin Young and Six. As it was, she had to make birdie on the last, and though she fought hard for the par, birdie in the end wouldn't have been enough anyways. But this was better than any finish she had last year, and if she can play like this in the increasingly rare week when Jin Young isn't unstoppable, she might be able to get a win again.
Kudos to Amy for a top ten as they enter her favorite event next week; and A Lim for a tidy t-9th top ten. Minjee had a ridiculous 63, and I had visions of her catching Six AGAIN from way back and getting the win, just like Evian.
But it's all about JYK today. Just this week: 66 GIR in a row as record ends; 15 straight rounds in the 60s; 30 straight rounds under par. All three are all-time LPGA records. AND wins in 6 of her last 10. She's making the unimaginable commonplace. We're not worthy!
PS - scoring was low today, but this course had real teeth, so it was still entertaining to watch these amazing talents dodge the danger and take care of business when they could. See, it is possible to have birdies and eagles without creating a bunny layout!
Another amazing win for Jin Young Ko. She really has her game under control.
I didn't understand Jeongeun Lee6 second shot decision on par five sixteen. She hit a great long drive in the middle of the fairway. She was in position to hit the green in two and make eagle or birdie. But she chose to lay up with an iron. In Gee Chun five yards behind her hit a hybrid on the green. Jeongeun didn't hit a good pitch shot either and only made par.
A Lim Kim had another clean score card with six birdies for a top ten. I really think that she can be a perianal top twenty golfer or better.
So Yeon had eleven birdies on the weekend, but only made two under par. Still think that she will have a good year.