Jin Young played fine today, but a combo of a couple of bad bounces and weaker than usual putting left her with a so-so result. Still, she's just three back, and if she can catch fire on the greens this weekend she has plenty of time to make something happen.
Inbee had a fantastic 67 today to put herself into the hunt. Meanwhile, there are a bunch of ethnic Korean ladies up there, from Minjee and Lydia to Annie Park and Andrea Lee (even Robynn Ree!).
Hye-Jin had a tidy 69; at 2 under, she is 7 back and not far out of the top ten.
If anyone is hoping for a Jin Young Ko charge, she needs to play a lot better than today. She seemed to be in a guiding mode with her swing, instead of the confident she usually displays.
Inbee Park started with two bogeys and ended with two bogeys. She had three birdies and an Eagle in between. Chipped in for Eagle on sixteen and gave it right back with bogeys on 17 and 18.
Hye Jin Choi a decent minus two to tie Jin Young in twelfth place.
Haeji Kang had a good round of minus three.
So Yeon had two late birdies to avoid ending near last place. She is averaging two thirty six in driving distance, Which hurts her compared to others on the shorter par fives. Probably why she hit only nine greens. I checked some other players and most are driving in the two sixty range.
I didn't have a chance to watch this one. On the one hand, Jin Young and Inbee are both close, and given the conditions, it's possible that either one could rally and take this. Jin Young is particular is due a better round after the last two somewhat mediocre efforts.
On the other hand, it feels like this is not going to go their way this week. Always rooting for these two superstars and wishing to be surprised, and hoping we see some good stuff coming out of them regardless of the outcome.
Hye-Jin has put herself into position for a possible run as well. It's so nice to see her starting to round into form just in time for the next set of Majors.
Congratulation to Marina Alex for her come from behind win.
Jin Young Ko had a typical round today, 14/14 fairways, 16/18 greens. Had thirty one putts that probably with a little luck could have been better. Anyway she showed why she is a great golfer, by also coming from behind. She missed the playoff by one stroke, however solo second is really good.
Great rounds of six birdies and two bogeys by Chella Choi and Yaeeun Hong.
So Yeon Ryu played ok with four birdies two bogeys. Her drive was 282 so maybe that 236 wasn't typical of her driving. She shows flashes of having a good Tournament, just need less bogeys.
I was a bit surprised to see Jin Young find her game again and contend. She was a bit behind the eight ball, though, because she was playing an hour or so ahead of the final groups, so I knew she had to post a good number if she wanted to win. She came close. It wasn't really prime Jin Young, we saw a few mistakes like the terrible tee shot on 13, and she seemed to miss a number of putts by small margins (including a lip out). It would have been a bit of a steal if she had grabbed this one, but she's done that before. Oh well, solo second is still pretty good all things considered.
Inbee looked like she might get into the hunt, too, but alas fell back again. Is this like the third time this year that Thitikul played mediocre golf for three rounds, then shot a really low final round to grab a good finish? I was hoping Hye Jin would make some ground up, but it ended up being pretty much of a wash, with Thitikul gaining a slight amount on her. The good news is that Hye-Jin is finishing well on a regular basis; give her a few more events and I think we'll start seeing her on a lot of leaderboards.
Yaeeun nearly notched a top twenty! Her best finish in a while. And a final round 67, not bad.