BMW Ladies Championship R3

KLPGA rookies top leaderboard

October 24-27
LPGA International Busan, Busan, Korea
$2,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


After 54 holes at the BMW Ladies Championship, a pair of KLPGA Tour rookies sit atop the leaderboard, both looking for a potentially career-changing victory on Sunday. Somi Lee and Seung Yeon Lee share the top spot at -13, with former LPGA Tour player and current KLPGA star Ha Na Jang just one stroke behind at -12. With a win, all three players would have the option to accept LPGA Tour Membership, either effective immediately or starting with the 2020 season.


Seung Yeon Lee closed strong, carding birdies at 14, 15, 16 and 17 to shoot a 4-under 68 on Saturday, bouncing back from an early double bogey at No. 6.

“I really tried to focus on the present,” said Seung Yeon Lee, who won the KLPGA Tour’s NEXEN – Saint Nine Masters in April. “I wasn’t thinking about how many birdies I was making, how many pars I was making or if I wasn’t too wrapped up in how I made a double bogey. Instead I just focused on every shot. I knew I was making birdies, but I was focused so much on the present that I didn’t know I had made four consecutive birdies.”

Somi Lee birdied six of her final 10 holes in the third round to shoot a 5-under 67. Two weeks ago, she was runner-up to Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko at the Hite Jinro Championship, one of the KLPGA Tour’s five major championships. 


Three LPGA Tour players are tied for fourth at -11 – last week’s winner Danielle Kang, four-time LPGA winner Amy Yang and Su Oh, who is looking for her first victory in her fourth year on Tour. Kang started the day with a one-stroke lead after back-to-back 67s, but she could not find that same rhythm on Saturday. After opening with three bogeys and one birdie over her first five holes, Kang came back to life on the back nine, coming home with birdies on 11, 12 and 15 for a Saturday round of 1-under 71.

“It was a very frustrating round today. I hit the wrong number twice. Every mistake you could possibly think of, we made it,” said Kang, who is aiming to become the LPGA Tour’s first back-to-back winner since 2017. “I was proud that we were able to capitalize on certain holes and make some birdies coming in. I know that finishing in the red numbers was important. There was a lot of birdies out there today and I knew. I didn’t see much of the leaderboard, but I knew people were going low, so I was kind of frustrated.”


Su Oh happy to be back in gear and back at home

2019 has been an up-and-down year for Australia’s Su Oh. She tied her career-best finish with runner-up showings at the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, but she also went on a streak of six consecutive missed cuts in the spring and early summer.

After two days of working on her putting, Oh is finally back in contention. She sits just two strokes off the lead heading into the final round of the BMW Ladies Championship.

“Hit the ball good today and rolled some putts in the hole this time,” said Oh. “So that sort of kept my round going. Some really good par saves. I think I still left a couple out there like coming in. I think the nerves got there a little bit. I was trying to like make some putts but I still made some good par saves, and overall I played pretty well.”

This week is also a homecoming for the 23-year-old. Oh was born near Busan and attended school just down the street from this week’s official hotel before moving to Melbourne, Australia, at age 7.

“I think it’s a lot nicer that I have like family here, so they all came out to watch,” said Oh, whose father’s family still resides in Busan. “I can tell where they are always. So it’s been really nice and they’ve just been giving me food. Yeah, so that’s been good.”


Rolex Player of the Year update

Rolex Ranking No. 1 Jin Young Ko is tied for eighth at -9 after a third-round 71. Ko can clinch Rolex Player of the Year honors by finishing sixth or better. She can also earn the award if Jeongeun Lee6 does not win the tournament. Lee6 heads into Sunday tied for 12th at -8.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Somi Lee
-13
68
68
67
203
T1
Seung Yeon Lee
-13
67
68
68
203
3
Ha Na Jang
-12
69
67
68
204
T4
Amy Yang
-11
69
69
67
205
T4
Su Oh
-11
68
70
67
205
T4
Danielle Kang
-11
67
67
71
205
7
In Gee Chun
-10
70
69
67
206
T8
So Young Lee
-9
72
67
68
207
T8
Sei Young Kim
-9
68
71
68
207
T8
HeeJeong Lim
-9
68
70
69
207
T8
Jin Young Ko
-9
67
69
71
207
T12
Lydia Ko
-8
69
71
68
208
T12
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
67
73
68
208
T12
Mi Jung Hur
-8
70
69
69
208
T12
Jing Yan
-8
70
69
69
208
T12
Min Sun5 Kim
-8
69
70
69
208
T12
Yu Liu
-8
68
69
71
208
T12
Hee Won Na
-8
68
67
73
208
T19
Gaby Lopez
-7
72
70
67
209
T19
So Yeon Ryu
-7
69
70
70
209
T19
Hyun Kyung Park
-7
70
68
71
209
T19
Minjee Lee
-7
66
70
73
209
T23
Mirim Lee
-6
72
70
68
210
T23
Kristen Gillman
-6
70
71
69
210
T23
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-6
70
69
71
210
T23
Ye Jin Kim
-6
71
66
73
210
T27
Angel Yin
-5
72
73
66
211
T27
Charley Hull
-5
73
69
69
211
T27
Min Ji Park
-5
72
70
69
211
T27
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
73
68
70
211
T27
Bo Ah Kim
-5
70
70
71
211
T27
Caroline Masson
-5
71
68
72
211
T33
Nicole Broch Larsen
-4
72
71
69
212
T33
Ayean Cho
-4
74
68
70
212
T33
Hye-Jin Choi
-4
70
72
70
212
T33
Shanshan Feng
-4
68
74
70
212
T33
Alena Sharp
-4
71
70
71
212
T33
Jung Min Lee
-4
69
71
72
212
T33
Nelly Korda
-4
69
70
73
212
T40
Megan Khang
-3
74
72
67
213
T40
Celine Boutier
-3
76
66
71
213
T40
Ji Hyun Kim
-3
73
68
72
213
T40
Jeongmin Cho
-3
72
69
72
213
T40
Ji Young Park
-3
71
70
72
213
T45
Ariya Jutanugarn
-2
74
72
68
214
T45
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
72
73
69
214
T45
Azahara Munoz
-2
70
72
72
214
T45
Char Young2 Kim
-2
74
67
73
214
T49
Morgan Pressel
-1
74
71
70
215
T49
A Lim Kim
-1
71
74
70
215
T49
Carlota Ciganda
-1
72
72
71
215
T49
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
73
70
72
215
T49
Sohye Park
-1
71
72
72
215
T49
Gayoung Lee
-1
73
69
73
215
T55
Chella Choi
E
74
72
70
216
T55
Paula Creamer
E
74
72
70
216
T55
Hannah Green
E
73
73
70
216
T55
Brittany Altomare
E
71
74
71
216
T55
Eun-Hee Ji
E
75
69
72
216
T55
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
73
71
72
216
T55
Ju Young Pak
E
73
69
74
216
T55
Ye Rim Choi
E
70
70
76
216
T55
Marina Alex
E
69
71
76
216
T64
Jin Seon Han
1
73
71
73
217
T64
Hyo Joo Kim
1
71
73
73
217
T64
In-Kyung Kim
1
69
73
75
217
67
Lizette Salas
2
71
75
72
218
T68
Anna Nordqvist
3
75
73
71
219
T68
Mi Hyang Lee
3
72
75
72
219
T68
Jaye Marie Green
3
73
73
73
219
T68
Jenny Shin
3
74
71
74
219
T72
Wei-Ling Hsu
4
79
72
69
220
T72
Annie Park
4
75
74
71
220
T72
Song Yi Ahn
4
74
74
72
220
T72
Ji Yeong2 Kim
4
73
73
74
220
T76
So Yi Kim
5
78
70
73
221
T76
Jessica Korda
5
71
76
74
221
T78
Gyo Rin Park
6
76
73
73
222
T78
Chae Yoon Park
6
73
75
74
222
T78
Ashleigh Buhai
6
76
71
75
222
T78
Eun Bin Lim
6
75
72
75
222
82
So Yeon Park
7
73
71
79
223
83
Ally McDonald
8
75
76
73
224
WD
Da Yeon Lee
75
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