Lydia Ko shot a 6 under par 66 in the third round of the Ladies’ European Tour (LET) Aramco Saudi Ladies’ International held at the Royal Green Golf Course near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the 18th. She is one stroke behind Lilia Boo (USA) of 18 under par.
Lilia Boo made a 20m eagle putt on the last hole to take the lead by one stroke. Boo has won three LPGA second tour wins in 2021, but has yet to win a first tour victory. Lydia Ko had a chance to win her first tournament after her marriage.
Emily Pedersen (Denmark) and Aditi Ashok, winners of this tournament in 2020, are tied for third place at 16 under par. Lexi Thompson cut 9 strokes and chased after 13-under-par 5th place. 메이저놀이터
Among Korean players, Yoo Hae-ran, who reduced 6 strokes, and Kim Hyo-joo, who reduced 2 strokes, had the best performance with a total of 9 under par for 16th place. Lim Hee-jung and Lee So-mi are tied for 18th at 8 under par.
Kim A-rim and Seong Yu-jin tied for 31st at 5 under par, Hong Jung-min tied for 34th at 4 under par, and Jeon In-ji and Shin Ji-eun tied for 39th at 3 under par. Lim Jin-hee and Hwang Jung-mi are tied for 45th at 2 under par.
Lydia Ko, who said she played 8 rounds in two weeks of her honeymoon, hit 8 under par in the first round of this event, the first official round after her marriage. In the second round, she reduced 3 strokes to slip into a tie for 2nd place by 2 strokes, but in the 3rd round she reduced 6 strokes to move up a marginal step to sole second place.
“After meeting someone she loves, she sees everything else as just a bonus,” said Lydia Ko. When I play with that mindset, I get better at golf,” she said.
Yoo Hae-ran, who is about to make her LPGA debut this year, shot 67 in the first round, sluggishly with a 74 in the second round, and rebounded with a 66 in the third round. He had his ups and downs in round 3 as well. He cut 9 strokes for 9 holes in the first half and hit even par in the second half.
Yoo Hae-ran said, “In the second round, the wind blew so much that I was distracted. He made good use of his birdie opportunity in the first half today, but in the second half, his putt felt sluggish and his right foot was scrapped. Tomorrow is the last day, so I will play aggressively,” he said.
Overall, it was a good day, so Kim Hyo-joo, who only reduced two strokes, was not in a good mood. Kim Hyo-joo said, “I missed several short birdie opportunities and couldn’t ride the flow. Tomorrow won’t be as bad as today. I have nothing to defend, so I will attack.”