Buick LPGA Shanghai R3

Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang take lead with 66s

October 17-20
Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, China
$2,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


After 54 holes at the 2019 Buick LPGA Shanghai, two Americans have pulled clear of the field. Playing in the final group, Jessica Korda and Danielle Kang both returned rounds of 6-under 66 on Saturday at Qizhong Garden Golf Club. Korda leads the field at a tournament-record -15, with Kang just one stroke behind at -14.

Korda carded eight birdies on Saturday, including sticking her approach for birdie at No. 18 to 3 feet, to pull one stroke ahead of Kang. Despite the low numbers on her scorecard, Korda said she’s been battling through some swing issues since arriving in Shanghai.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit with my swing, so I’ve been working on it every day. It’s slowly starting to kind of take its groove,” said Korda, who has five LPGA victories, most recently at the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand. “And then just making some putts. You know, my speed has been pretty decent and giving myself some opportunities, which is what I need out here.”


Kang stepped to the tee at the par-4 17th two strokes off Korda’s lead. She promptly drove the green, setting up an eagle at the Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole and briefly pulling into a tie for the lead before Korda’s birdie at 18.

“I hit a dragonfly on my practice swing on the tee box so I was kind of panicking about that,” joked Kang, who is looking to defend her victory here in 2018. “Honestly, I know people might think that shouldn’t throw you off, but Olly (Brett, her caddie) was joking around the entire time that the dragonfly is okay. The yardage just came out to be a perfect 5-wood and he said I could cover the entire bunker, so went middle of the green and he said rip at it and I did.”

Brooke Henderson, who led by two strokes at the start of the day, had an up-and-down round on Saturday, carding an eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and a closing double bogey for a 1-over 73. The Canadian’s tee shot at 18 found the penalty area to the left of the fairway and she two-putted to drop to -10 overall, five strokes behind Korda.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American rookie Kristen Gillman are tied for fourth at -9. Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko shot a 68 on Saturday and is tied for eighth at -6.


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Behind the Architectural Curtain

19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Jessica Korda
-15
68
67
66
201
2
Danielle Kang
-14
69
67
66
202
3
Brooke M. Henderson
-10
69
64
73
206
T4
Nasa Hataoka
-9
67
73
67
207
T4
Kristen Gillman
-9
73
66
68
207
T6
Sei Young Kim
-8
73
67
68
208
T6
Angel Yin
-8
68
71
69
208
T8
Yu Liu
-6
76
66
68
210
T8
Jin Young Ko
-6
72
70
68
210
T8
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-6
69
72
69
210

T11
Nelly Korda
-5
71
72
68
211
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
73
69
69
211
T13
Na Yeon Choi
-4
70
71
71
212
T13
Georgia Hall
-4
71
69
72
212
T13
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
71
69
72
212
T13
Marina Alex
-4
71
67
74
212
T17
Lydia Ko
-3
69
74
70
213
T17
Shanshan Feng
-3
70
71
72
213
T17
Brittany Altomare
-3
70
69
74
213
T17
Amy Yang
-3
67
71
75
213
T21
Hyo Joo Kim
-2
73
74
67
214
T21
Megan Khang
-2
74
71
69
214
T21
Gaby Lopez
-2
73
72
69
214
T21
Caroline Masson
-2
72
73
69
214
T21
Su Oh
-2
71
70
73
214
T26
Carlota Ciganda
-1
72
73
70
215
T26
Eun-Hee Ji
-1
72
73
70
215
T26
Jing Yan
-1
74
70
71
215
T26
Alena Sharp
-1
72
72
71
215
T26
Jennifer Kupcho
-1
69
75
71
215
T26
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
72
71
72
215
T26
Annie Park
-1
71
72
72
215
T26
Jeongeun Lee6
-1
72
68
75
215
T34
Ruoning Yin (a)
E
75
71
70
216
T34
Pajaree Anannarukarn
E
70
70
76
216
T36
Cydney Clanton
1
76
74
67
217
T36
Gerina Piller
1
70
78
69
217
T36
Ruixin Liu
1
72
74
71
217
T36
Moriya Jutanugarn
1
73
72
72
217
T36
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
72
73
72
217
T36
Katherine Kirk
1
71
74
72
217
T36
Azahara Munoz
1
72
69
76
217
T43
Jasmine Suwannapura
2
74
71
73
218
T43
Xiaowen Yin (a)
2
73
71
74
218
T45
Mi Jung Hur
3
76
75
68
219
T45
Muni He
3
74
75
70
219
T45
Jenny Shin
3
76
72
71
219
T45
Mel Reid
3
69
72
78
219
T49
Wei-Ling Hsu
4
75
74
71
220
T49
Simin Feng
4
74
73
73
220
T51
Tiffany Joh
5
77
71
73
221
T51
Sarah Schmelzel
5
72
75
74
221
T51
Amy Olson
5
73
71
77
221
T51
Minjee Lee
5
74
69
78
221
T55
Xiyu Lin
6
76
75
71
222
T55
In-Kyung Kim
6
74
75
73
222
T55
Mirim Lee
6
77
70
75
222
T55
Mi Hyang Lee
6
72
72
78
222
T59
Yanhong Pan
7
77
73
73
223
T59
Yuli Shi
7
75
75
73
223
T59
Chella Choi
7
74
76
73
223
T59
Lizette Salas
7
76
73
74
223
T59
Sakura Yokomine
7
75
72
76
223
64
Celine Boutier
8
80
74
70
224
T65
Jaye Marie Green
11
72
80
75
227
T65
Paula Creamer
11
77
73
77
227
67
Cheyenne Knight
12
75
79
74
228
68
Xiang Sui
13
75
79
75
229
69
Jienalin Zhang
14
79
72
79
230
T70
Anna Nordqvist
15
79
77
75
231
T70
Charley Hull
15
79
77
75
231
T70
Pornanong Phatlum
15
76
78
77
231
T73
Yuting Shi
16
79
75
78
232
T73
Yunjie Zhang
16
78
74
80
232
T73
Yifan Ji
16
75
74
83
232
76
Yezhou Lin
17
77
81
75
233
77
Ying Luo
18
78
77
79
234
78
Taoli Yang
19
75
83
77
235
79
Jiaze Sun (a)
20
80
77
79
236
80
Huize Lian
24
78
83
79
240
WD
Bronte Law
69
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