Yang Hee-young looks to win the first mainland championship in 15 years
‘Queen of Pattaya’ Yang Hee-young (34) left 18 holes to win안전놀이터 her first mainland championship since her debut.
On the 18th (Korean time), Yang Hee-young scored 5 with 7 birdies and 2 bogeys in the 3rd round of the LPGA Tour Myer Classic (total prize money of 2.5 million dollars), which continued at Blider Fields CC (par 72) in Belmont, Michigan, USA. He reduced strokes and recorded an interim total of 15 under par 201 strokes. She is the sole lead, one stroke ahead of the second-place group.
Yang Hee-young is tapping her first win in four years and four months since Honda Thailand in February 2019. He won a total of 4 wins on the LPGA Tour, 3 of which were won at the Honda Thailand Tournament (2015, 2017, 2019) held near Pattaya, Thailand. The other win was at the KEB-Hana Bank Championship held in Korea in 2013.
Holding her lead on her final day would also achieve her first mainland win in 15 years since her 2008 debut. For three days, Yang Hee-young recorded a fairway landing rate of 79% (31/39), a green accuracy rate of 81%, and an average of 28 putts per round.
Kim Hyo-joo (28), who tied for second place with Yang Hee-young in the second round, reduced three strokes, but was pushed back to a tie for fifth place (13 under par). However, as she is two strokes behind leader Yang Hee-young, she is in a position to aim for a come-from-behind victory. Kim Hyo-joo, who has five wins on the tour, is competing for the second consecutive week following last week’s runner-up at the Shoprite Classic. The last win was the Lotte Championship in April last year.
There were three players in a tie for second place at 14 under par. They are Ashley Buhai (South Africa), Lin Siyu (China), and Ayaka Furue (Japan). Buhai, who won the Shoprite Classic last week, jumped 10 steps, cutting 6 strokes including an eagle on the 18th hole (par 5). Choi Hye-jin and Ji Eun-hee are tied for 13th at 9 under par. This tournament is a ‘major prelude’ ahead of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a major tournament that will start on the 22nd.