Hae Rym Kim, who played well last week at the Hana Bank, continued her torried pace, shooting a 5 under par 66 to move to 10 under and a three shot lead.
Meanwhile, Jung Min Lee shot a 67 to move to 7 under and solo second. Lee could overtake In Gee Chun in the Player of the Year race with a good finish this week, and she is well positioned for a run at the title on the weekend.
In Gee is not that far back, however. Playing with Inbee Park a second day, she shot another 69 to move to 4 under, tied for 7th.
Meanwhile, Inbee, who had a share of the first round lead, really struggled, shooting a 2 over par round to sink to 4 under, tied with In Gee. She'll be in the group ahead of In Gee on Saturday.
The other big challenger for Chun right now in the year end races is Sung Hyun Park. Park shot an even par round and just made the cut on the nose. For the moment, she is well back, and unless she wins, she will not overtake Chun on the money list, at least this week.
Among those who missed the cut are Jin Young Ko and Soo Jin Yang and top rookies Ji Young Park and Han Sol Ji.
1. Hae Rym Kim 66 -10 2. Jung Min Lee 67 -7 3. Min Song Ha 71 -6 4. Seon Woo Bae 69, Ji Na Lim 66, Seung Hyun Lee 70 -5
Notables: 7. In Gee Chun 69, Inbee Park 73, Ji Hyun Kim 68, Ji Hyun Kim 2 72 -4 12. Min Sun Kim 5 71, Bo Kyung Kim 69 -3 22. Je Yoon Yang 66, Yoon Ji Cho 69, Shi Hyun Ahn 70, Min Young Lee 66 -2 31. Hye Youn Kim 70, Ji Hyun Oh 72, Jung Eun Lee 5 70 -1 39. Song Yi Ahn 72, Ran Hong 72 Even 45. Gyeol Park (R) 71, Chae Young Yoon 73, Shin Ae Ahn 72 +1 55. Sung Hyun Park 71, Char Young Kim 74 +2
Missed Cut: 64. Ji Hee Kim 71, Han Sol Ji (R) 74, Ji Young Park (R) 73 +3 72. Soo Jin Yang 72, Jin Young Ko 73, Da Na Kim 74 +4 85. Jin Joo Hong 71 +6 102. Ju Young Park 74 +8
Lol. Did Inbee award herself a "Moose" trophy for her recent putting "woes"?
The above is a past WRX thing....we use to award a weekly MOOSE to the pro who gagged it up on the greens during the event...Lexi was a multiple award recipient...then it stopped when many member quit when the mods enforced new and ridiculous posting guidelines.
Hae Rym Kim shot a 70 to maintain a two shot lead heading into the final round. But there are big stars lurking not far behind her.
Jung Min Lee shot a 69 to move to 9 under, just two back.
Just a shot back of her is top KLPGA star In Gee Chun. In Gee produced a 67 on day three to move to 8 under.
And just a shot behind her is world #1 Inbee Park. Inbee shot a 68 and is four out of the lead.
With one day remaining, will Lee or Chun be able to hunt Kim down? Will Inbee finally get her first ever win in Korea as a pro? Stay tuned!
1. Hae Rym Kim 70 -11 2. Jung Min Lee 69 -9 3. In Gee Chun 67 -8 4. Inbee Park 68, Sun Jung Yeun 68, Seon Woo Bae 69, Min Song Ha 70 -7
Notables: 8. Min Sun Kim 5 68 -6 14. Ji Hyun Oh 70, Shi Hyun Ahn 71 -2 17. Gyeol Park (R) 69 -1 27. Song Yi Ahn 71, Yoon Ji Cho 73, Ji Na Lim 76 Even 35. Shin Ae Ahn 71, Char Young Kim 70, Je Yoon Yang 74, Min Young Lee 74, Ran Hong 72 +1 44. Jung Eun Lee 5 74 +2 48. Sung Hyun Park 72, Cecilia Cho 74 +3 53. Hye Youn Kim 76, Chae Young Yoon 74 +4
In Gee Chun
Jung Min Lee
Je Yoon Yang
Min Sun Kim
Shin Ae Ahn
Ji Hyun Oh
Hye Jin Jung
Sung Hyun Park goes birdie hunting (see her shirt!)
Round 4: In Gee Chun Claims 8th Worldwide win of 2015, Fifth Major
The day started with relative unknown Hae Rym Kim holding a two shot lead, but she had the uneasy task of fighting off three of the best players in the field: In Gee Chun, Jung Min Lee and Inbee Park. And Lee and Chun were playing with her in the final group.
Kim proved surprisingly up for the task. On the front nine, she had two bogies and no birdies, but she still maintined her lead after a birdie on ten.
Meanwhile, her opponents started to fall away. Jung Min Lee made two bogies on the front and would not make a birdie until the 14th. She was never a factor and finished solo fourth.
Inbee Park was more dangerous. Starting the day four back, she closed the gap completely by the turn. But Kim's birdie on 10 and a bogey on 11 for Park dropped her two back. She was never able to make up the ground, although a fantastic fifty-foot birdie putt on 18 allowed her to finish at 9 under total.
One player, however, did continue to push Kim: tour superstar In Gee Chun. Chun had two birdies and a bogey on the front, but a birdie on 12 after a great tee shot moved her into a tie with Kim at 10 under. Game on!
Kim had a dicey bunker lie on 15 but somehow got it out and saved par to stay tied for the lead. But on 16, In Gee got it close and made birdie to move to 11 under. On 17, she hit the fairway, but a thin tree perfectly stood between her and the flag. And this was an island green, so accuracy was key. Somehow, In Gee hit an immaculate iron over the thin tree and landed it about six feet from the flag. What a spectacular shot at just the right moment! She just missed the birdie that would have given her a two stroke advantage, however.
On 17, Kim missed the green but stayed dry, and chipped about four feet past. Saved par.
It all came down to the final hole, with In Gee holding a one shot lead. In Gee hit a really poor drive well right, and watched as the ball bounced around on the cart path, actually rolling back about 30 yards, leaving her about 193 yards to get onto the green and somewhat blocked by trees. Kim's drive, meanwhile, was perfect.
In Gee considered going for it, but laid up instead, unfortunately into the rough, and well short of the green to boot.
Kim had a golden opportunity to tighten the screws, but her approach wound up short in some rough. In Gee's third carried a deep bunker and rolled about twenty feet past the hole, giving her at least a chance to save par.
Kim's chip ended up well short, maybe 20 feet. In fact, she was farther from the hole than Chun. Her par save, however, was perfectly on line, tracking, tracking... and then stopped literally half a roll from falling. Kim walked around for a while, perhaps hoping it would fall in. No dice. Bogey.
In Gee's par putt looped around the hole, ending up a foot or two past. It never came close to falling. But she easily made bogey, claiming her second KLPGA Major in three tries this year.
This win will move her above the 900 million won mark in season earnings, the second highest season earnings in KLPGA history. It is her fifth win on tour this year, and fifth Major on three different tours. She happily lifted the trophy as Queen's 'We Are The Champions' blared in the background.
Congratulations to In Gee Chun on another fantastic, brilliant performance!
1. In Gee Chun 69 -10 2. Hae Rym Kim 73, Inbee Park 69 -9 4. Jung Min Lee 73 -8 5. Ka Ram Choi 69, Seon Woo Bae 72 -6
Notables: 7. Min Song Ha 74 10. Seung Hyun Lee 70 -3 15. Yoon Ji Cho 69, Gyeol Park (R) 70 -2 17. Char Young Kim 69, Ran Hong 72 -1 24. Song Yi Ahn 71, Je Yoon Yang 70, Shi Hyun Ahn 73, Min Sun Kim 5 77 Even 31. Sung Hyun Park 70 +2 35. Ji Hee Kim 75 +3 39. Jung Eun Lee 5 73, Chae Young Yoon 71, Ji Hyun Oh 77 +4 43. Min Young Lee 75 +5 46. Hye Youn Kim 73, Shin Ae Ahn 76 +6 62. Ji Na Lim 85 +14
How close did Hae Rym Kim come to tying In Gee on the final hole and forcing a playoff? See for yourself. Even she couldn't believe it didn't fall. But no matter how long she stared, that ball wasn't going in the hole.