CME Group Tour Championship R3

Sei Young Kim takes 1-shot lead into final day

December 17-20
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Defending champion Sei Young Kim shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to reach 13-under 203 and take a one shot lead over Jin Young Ko heading into the final day.


“My vibe was really good because warmer weather, and then I play pairing with Jin Young and Lexi (Thompson). Those are my favorite player, so yeah, it was fun. We wasn’t talking much but it was very comfortable and chill out there.”

A win on Sunday could see her win the LPGA money title, Player of the Year and move to number 1 in the world.

“Really good chance to chase everything,” said Kim. “If I play well tomorrow, good chance.”



To move to number 1 ahead of Ko, who has held the position for 73 successive weeks, she would need to win and for Ko to finish solo 10th or worse.

Ko made only three birdies but was bogey-free for a 69.

“I said yesterday my goal is like just bogey-free round on the weekend, so I made it today,” said Ko. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


Kim and Ko are friends as well as rivals and enjoy playing together.

“Always fun playing with her,” Ko said. “We play together last year and we played — we practiced together at the U.S. Open last week. So we knows each other. But this is competition, so we are close but we have to separate on the course.”

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Ko is playing in only her fourth LPGA event this season after spending most of the year in South Korea but still has a chance to win the money title following her tie for second place in the U.S. Women’s Open last week. The winner’s prize money for the CME Group Tour Championship is down to $1.1 million this year but is still the richest in women’s golf and Ko is 13th on the list with $567,925 while Kim is second with $1,207,438.

Inbee Park, who tops the money list with $1,365,138, was tied for 28th at 3-under after her third 71 in a row.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Sei Young Kim
-13
67
69
67
203
2
Jin Young Ko
-12
68
67
69
204
3
Georgia Hall
-10
69
69
68
206
T4
Austin Ernst
-9
69
69
69
207
T4
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
73
68
66
207
T4
Charley Hull
-9
72
69
66
207
T4
Minjee Lee
-9
68
73
66
207
T4
Lexi Thompson
-9
65
71
71
207
T9
Hannah Green
-8
69
68
71
208
T9
Mina Harigae
-8
70
69
69
208
T9
Cristie Kerr
-8
68
74
66
208
T9
Lydia Ko
-8
74
65
69
208
T13
Perrine Delacour
-7
70
71
68
209
T13
Xiyu Lin
-7
71
72
66
209
T13
Sarah Schmelzel
-7
71
69
69
209
T16
Cydney Clanton
-6
70
68
72
210
T16
Anna Nordqvist
-6
68
72
70
210
18
Cheyenne Knight
-5
71
72
68
211
T19
Celine Boutier
-4
71
71
70
212
T19
Moriya Jutanugarn
-4
70
73
69
212
T19
Katherine Kirk
-4
72
68
72
212
T19
Nelly Korda
-4
72
66
74
212
T19
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
70
72
70
212
T19
Gaby Lopez
-4
71
71
70
212
T19
Caroline Masson
-4
67
71
74
212
T19
Yealimi Noh
-4
73
69
70
212
T19
Madelene Sagstrom
-4
72
72
68
212
T28
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
70
73
70
213
T28
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
72
70
71
213
T28
Megan Khang
-3
67
71
75
213
T28
Inbee Park
-3
71
71
71
213
T28
So Yeon Ryu
-3
71
73
69
213
T28
Jenny Shin
-3
73
72
68
213
T34
Christina Kim
-2
73
72
69
214
T34
Brittany Lincicome
-2
72
71
71
214
T34
Leona Maguire
-2
73
72
69
214
T37
Mirim Lee
-1
73
73
69
215
T37
Stephanie Meadow
-1
70
76
69
215
T37
Robynn Ree
-1
74
72
69
215
T37
Linnea Strom
-1
74
71
70
215
T37
Amy Yang
-1
73
73
69
215
T42
Ashleigh Buhai
E
69
77
70
216
T42
Danielle Kang
E
71
75
70
216
T42
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
E
66
77
73
216
T42
Andrea Lee
E
71
72
73
216
T46
Brittany Altomare
1
73
73
71
217
T46
Azahara Munoz
1
73
75
69
217
T46
Mel Reid
1
74
73
70
217
T46
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
70
74
73
217
T50
Nasa Hataoka
2
73
70
75
218
T50
Sarah Kemp
2
72
73
73
218
T50
Pernilla Lindberg
2
76
74
68
218
T50
Jennifer Song
2
74
70
74
218
T50
Kelly Tan
2
72
74
72
218
T50
Lindsey Weaver
2
74
74
70
218
T56
Carlota Ciganda
3
68
74
77
219
T56
Jessica Korda
3
75
74
70
219
T56
Lizette Salas
3
71
72
76
219
T59
Stacy Lewis
4
71
75
74
220
T59
Yu Liu
4
74
77
69
220
T59
Hee Young Park
4
73
76
71
220
T59
Emma Talley
4
72
74
74
220
T59
Maria Torres
4
76
75
69
220
T59
Anne van Dam
4
71
77
72
220
T65
In Gee Chun
6
73
74
75
222
T65
Maria Fassi
6
68
76
78
222
67
Angela Stanford
7
75
72
76
223
68
Kristen Gillman
8
75
77
72
224
69
Alena Sharp
9
73
76
76
225
70
Bianca Pagdanganan
12
73
79
76
228
71
Brittany Lang
13
76
78
75
229
72
Natalie Gulbis
16
77
78
77
232
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