Sung Hyun Park already won the year's first Major, the Korean Women's Open. Now she has started the second Major with a 67 to take a share of the lead. Can she be on her way to making it two for two?
In Gee Chun ominously walked down the fairways with an ice bag on her shoulder. She had neck issues at the end of her rookie year that forced her to miss several months. A bit early to sound the alarm, since she shot a 69 and is two back at the moment.
A ton of players tied at 70, including defending champ Hyo Joo Kim, rookie star Gyeol Park, Shi Hyun Ahn, last week's winner Yoon Ji Cho, and Ha Neul Kim.
Jung Min Lee shot a surprising 74, as did Hee Kyung Seo.
Three more days!
Scores: 1. Hye Youn Kim, Sung Hyun Park 67 -5 3. Eun Woo Choi, So Yeon Park, Yoon Kyung Heo, In Gee Chun, Ji Hyun Oh, Ran Hong, Jae Rin Yang 69 -3
Notables: 10. Yoon Ji Cho, Hyo Joo im, Chae Young Yoon, Min Young Lee, Gyeol Park (R), Ha Neul Kim, Shi Hyun Ahn, Song Yi Ahn, Bo Kyung Kim 70 -2 25. Mi Jeong Jeon, Han Sul Ji (R), Ji Na Lim 71 -1 36. Jin Young Ko, Jin Joo Hong, Soo Yun Kang, Je Yoon Yang, Ji Hee Kim 72 Even 52. Shin Ae Ahn, Char Young Kim, Seon Woo Bae 73 +1 62. Hee Kyung Seo, Jung Min Lee 74 +2 86. Min Sun Kim 5, Soo Jin Yang 75 +3
They played a little bit, but the scores have been removed from the leaderboard, so I'm guessing they are tossing the results out.
I doubt they will try to play four full rounds at this point, but if I can figure out what's happening I'll let you know. Certainly it would impact those going to the British if they had to hang out until Monday to play here. We saw how international travel before the US Women's Open impacted Hyo Joo a few weeks ago: her only missed cut of her career.
In Gee Chun has won a Major in Japan and in the US this season, but so far has not won a Major in Korea. She is already the first woman in 7 years to win on all three tours in the same season, but if she were to win this event, she would become the first woman to ever win Majors on all three tours in the same year.
Chun took a big step towards that goal on Saturday, shooting a 6 under par 66, the low round of the day, to vault to a two shot lead at 9 under total. In Gee had 7 birdies and just one bogey in her round.
In second place is Hye Youn Kim, who shot a 70 to move to 7 under.
In third is Sung Hyun Park, the winner of the first Major of the year. She is only three back and is keeping her Grand Slam hopes alive.
One further back are two players: rookie star Gyeol Park and defending champion Hyo Joo Kim. Kim is the highest ranked player in the field, and is one of In Gee's best friends and biggest rivals.
Ha Neul Kim is t-17th, while Hee Kyung Seo missed the cut.
Yoon Kyung Heo withdrew for unknown reasons.
One more round!
1. In Gee Chun 66 -9 2. Hye Youn Kim 70 -7 3. Sung Hyun Park 71 -6 4. Gyeol Park(R) 69, Hyo Joo Kim 69 -5
Notables: 6. Soo Yun Kang 68, Song Yi Ahn 70, Chae Young Yoon 70, Yoon Ji Cho 70 -4 11. Min Young Lee 71 -3 17. Je Yoon Yang 70, Shi Hyun Ahn 72, Jin Young Ko 70, Bo Kyung Kim 72, Ha Neul Kim 72, Ran Hong 73 -2 30. Mi Jeong Jeon 72 -1 35. Jung Min Lee 70, Ji Hyun Oh 75, Han Sul Ji (R) 73, Jin Joo Hong 72 Even 51. Min Sun Kim 5 71, Char Young Kim 73, Ji Hee Kim 74 +2
Missed Cut 65. Shin Ae Ahn 74, Soo Jin Yang 72 +3 88. Hee Kyung Seo 76 +6