In the morning, Ha Na Jang shot a 71 to move to 5 under par, which for a while was tied for the lead.
Playing in her group, In Gee Chun recovered from her horrible Thursday with a very good round of 68. This was at the time one of the best rounds of the week.
But in the afternoon, several players shot great scores. Ka Ram Choi, Seung Hyun Lee and Yeun Jung Seo all shot 65s, and they wound up tied for the lead at 7 under.
So Yeon Ryu was almost as good, shooting a 67 to move to 6 under, just one back.
Among those who missed the cut were Jin Young Ko, who played with Ryu.
Two more days!
Scores: 1. Ka Ram Choi 65, Yeun Jung Seo 65, Seung Hyun Lee 65 -7 4. Hee Won Jung 66, So Yeon Ryu 67 -6
Notables: 6. Ha Na Jang 71 -5 7. Char Young Kim 68 -4 12. Min Young Lee 71 -2 13. Ji Young Park (R) 71, Ju Yeon In (R) 71 -1 18. Ji Hyun Oh 71, Ran Hong 69, Shi Hyun Ahn 71 Even 28. Cecilia Cho 74, Shin Ae Ahn 73, Jae Eun Jung 71 +1 37. In Gee Chun 68, Hye Youn Kim 72 +2 48. Song Yi Ahn 69, Seon Woo Bae 71, Jin Joo Hong 71, Yoon Ji Cho 74 +3
Missed Cut 65. Je Yoon Yang 77, Chae Young Yoon 73 +5 76. Ji Hee Kim 71, Han Sul Ji (R) 73, Bo Kyung Kim 75 +6 83. Min Song Ha 76 +7 107. Jin Young Ko 75 +9 113. Min Sun Kim 5 77 +10
Round 3: Ryu, Jang tied for Lead Two of the day two leaders - Seung Hyun Lee and Ka Ram Choi - faded fast in round 3, while the third - Yeun Jung Seo - stayed near the top of the leaderboard. That allowed So Yeon Ryu and Ha Na Jang to make a move, and both ladies quickly became embroiled in a battle with Seo for the lead.
As they came down the stretch, those three fought hard. Jang and Seo were tied at 9 under, Ryu at 8 under.
But Seo began to make mistakes: she could not get up and down on 16, and had to make a kneeknocking five foot par save on 17.
Meanwhile, Ryu and Jang reached 18. Jang putted from the fringe, leaving her putt four feet short. Then So Yeon drilled a birdie from about 30 feet to move to 9 under. Jang saved par, and they both were tied at the top.
Minutes later, Seo left a birdie try short on the 18th, meaning the two LPGA stars were tied for the lead heading into Sunday, with Seo one back. Game on!
In Gee Chun had another strong day, shooting her second straight 68 to move to 2 under total. She had five birdies and a bogey. Good, but given how much ground she had to make up, not good enough. Still, she now has moved to a tie for 12th, amazing considering she was barely in the top 100 after round one.
Shin Ae Ahn shot one of the low rounds of the day, a 66, to move into solo fifth, four back.
One more day!
Scores: 1. So Yeon Ryu 69, Ha Na Jang 68 -9 3. Yeun Jung Seo 71 -8 4. Sun Jeong Yoon 69 -7 5. Shin Ae Ahn 66 -5
Notables: 6. Seung Hyun Lee 75 -4 9. Ju Yeon In (R) 70 -3 12. In Gee Chun 68, Ji Hyun Oh 70, Min Young Lee 72 -2 19. Seon Woo Bae 69, Ji Young Park (R) 73, Char Young Kim 76, Ran Hong 72 Even 32. Shi Hyun Ahn 73, Jae Eun Jung 72 +1 35. Yoon Ji Cho 71, Hye Youn Kim 72 +2 61. Jin Joo Hong 77 +8
Too bad Sharon has to compete against two "ringers" who came home this week! On the other hand, maybe that's a lift for her game. She played super in China against Ryu, IBP, and S.S. Feng just before she wrecked her knee.
From her Twitter:
Wrist band(?) given from a fellow player.Thank you.Will wear this on my ankle today to show my appreciation. Love it!
Thanks to my fellow player who gave me this lovely wrist band. It was the lucky charm that gave me 8 birdies today!❤️