Yoo Hae-ran (22) reduced two more strokes on the third day of the LPGA Tour Cognitive Founders Cup (total prize money of 3 million dollars), but could not narrow the gap with the leader.
Yoo Hae-ran hit a 2 under par 70 with 6 birdies and 4 bogeys in the third round of the tournament held at Upper Montclair Country Club (par 72) in Clifton, New Jersey, USA on the 14th (Korean time).
The average total was 9 under par, 207 strokes, tied for second place, raising the ranking by one notch from the previous day, but Korean-Australian Lee Min-ji reduced 5 strokes on this day to run away as a solo leader, widening the gap by 3 strokes.
Yoo Hae-ran, who entered the 4th round in a tie for 4th place by a stroke, showed ups and downs that day, recording 6 birdies and 5 bogeys. Based on her numbers, her performance wasn’t bad. She excelled with a fairway hit rate of 71.4% and a greens hit rate of 83.3%. However, her bogey numbers increased as small mistakes came out.
Yoo Hae-ran, who started a pleasant game by catching a birdie in the 2nd hole (par 5), ended the first half by exchanging two bogeys with the birdie. Even in the second half, he caught birdies on the 11th, 12th and 14th holes and fought fiercely스포츠토토. However, it was regrettable that he wrote down bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes.
After the game, Yoo Hae-ran said, “I don’t think there was anything particularly good about today, and I only remember a lot of strangely bad parts.”
Yoo Hae-ran, who made her debut on the Korean Women’s Professional Golf (KLPGA) tour and won five career victories, moved to the LPGA tour this year. He competed in five events and finished in the top ten on two occasions. However, it was not a pleasant top 10 because they all competed for the championship and were pushed out of the back judge at the last minute.
Yoo Hae-ran said, “I came to the LPGA Tour (on the last day) and played from the back for the third time, but the previous two opportunities were very disappointing, so if I win tomorrow, I will be very honored.” “This course is good for aggressive play. It doesn’t look like a course. I think I will have to play the game a little smarter tomorrow.”
Ko Jin-young, who entered the third round as a tie for the lead, took a step back to tie for fourth place without reducing the number of strokes. He pulled out 4 birdies, but also 4 fewer bogeys, which didn’t cut my at-bats.
Ko Jin-young, who won this competition twice in 2019 and 2021 and is challenging for the third championship, said, “There were many ups and downs overall today, and there were many miss shots.” I will play more focused in the remaining rounds.”
Lee Min-ji, who reduced 5 more strokes, took the lead by 3 strokes and raised expectations of winning the tournament for the second year in a row.
If Lee Min-ji wins, she will increase her LPGA tour career to 9, the third most won among Australian players after Kari Webb (41 wins) and Jan Stephenson (16 wins). Currently, with 8 wins, she is tied for 3rd with Rachel Heatherington (8 wins).
Kim Se-young scored an interim total of 6 under par, 210 strokes, and tied for ninth with Ataya Titikkun (Thailand) and others to play the final day.