BETHESDA, Md. — We formally have a golf event at Congressional Nation Membership.
Via 36 holes, although, that didn’t appear to be the case.
In Gee Chun, a short-hitting main champ from South Korea, jumped out to an early lead on the KPMG Ladies’s PGA and her identify has graced the highest of the leaderboard ever since. And whereas Chun’s identify stays atop the boards scattered throughout Congressional’s grounds, the margin between her and the sector has narrowed.
Simply three pictures separate Chun from her chasers because the solar units over Washington D.C. on Saturday night time. When she arrived on the course this morning, that hole was six.
“It was slightly robust on the market,” Chun mentioned. “If it’s going to be too straightforward, then I really feel it’s boring.”
It definitely wasn’t boring on Saturday afternoon. Though the beginning margin was six, with main champs and up-and-comers in pursuit, that lead was something however assured.
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After two days of a near-clinical dissection of Congressional’s new-look Blue Course, Saturday was a wrestle for Chun. Getting into Spherical 3, the 27-year-old had made simply three bogeys all week. On Saturday, she surpassed that complete with 4, and made a double as nicely, on her strategy to a three-over 75.
Nevertheless, the two-time main champ remained upbeat when she confronted the media following the spherical.
“I’m so happy with myself as a result of I grasp in there,” Chun mentioned. “I’m so excited and searching ahead to an thrilling remaining spherical already.”
If Chun needs so as to add to her main complete, she’ll have to carry off a bunch of challengers that features main winners and top-10 ranked gamers. Though her enjoying companions on Saturday — Jennifer Kupcho and Lydia Ko — didn’t have their finest stuff, different succesful gamers moved up the board to place stress on her lead.
Simply three pictures again sits a trio of formidable foes in Lexi Thompson, Sei Younger Kim and Hye Jin Choi. Thompson and Kim every have a serious win to their credit score, whereas Choi has hoisted a serious trophy on the Korean LPGA Tour.
“I’m simply comfortable that I’m placing myself in rivalry,” Thompson mentioned after taking pictures a third-round 70. “I do know I’m in a very good state with my sport and simply my psychological state, so going out tomorrow having fun with the stroll with my caddie … No matter rating I shoot, I shoot.”
Thompson and Choi every shot two-under 70 in Spherical 3 and can play alongside Chun within the remaining grouping. Kim posted 71 on Saturday and can tee off within the penultimate grouping.
Hannah Inexperienced, the 2019 KPMG Ladies’s PGA winner, sits a shot additional behind at 4 below, whereas main winners Brooke Henderson and Jennifer Kupcho will enter the day three below.
If Chun didn’t need it to be boring, she acquired her want. Sunday appears as if it may come right down to the wire.
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