Amy Yang joins Nasa Hataoka in the lead

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November 19, 2023
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South Korea's Amy Yang carded a bogey-free 64 on Saturday to take a share of the lead at 21-under alongside Japan's Nasa Hataoka who has held a share of the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship since Thursday.

A win on Sunday would be Hataoka's first victory of the 2023 season and Yang's first victory on the LPGA Tour in the United States. Hataoka is aiming to make 2023 her third consecutive season with a win on the LPGA Tour.

Yang has not made a bogey since her first hole of the tournament. She made a quick start with a birdie on the par-5 1st hole before making three more to make the turn in 32. She made four more birdies on the back nine including three in a row from the 13th to wrap up her Saturday with an eight-under round.

“You know, I've been hitting the ball really solid and that really gave me lots of chances out there. My putting have been working so well, and just, yeah, was just everything worked out together well,” said Yang. “I mean, I feel quite nervous being in contention, but I never thought like I have to follow the 9-under par yesterday, because golf you never know. But I did try my best just to stay like present, and when I decide to hit one shot and just commit to it and go for it.”

Hataoka had a bogey-free round of 65 on Saturday. She made her first birdie of the day on No. 2 and followed it up with another birdie on the 3rd hole then made her last birdie of the front nine on the 6th to make the turn in 33. She started the back nine with back-to-back birdies then made her last two birdies of the day on holes 14 and 17.

“I learn lots of thing this year, so I just need stay aggressive and I will do my best tomorrow,” said Hataoka. “My swing feel really comfortable. Tomorrow, I have a couple keys, so I will focus on my keys, good rhythm and good targets.

Overnigh co-leader Alison Lee of the United States lies three shots behind Yang and Hataoka after carding a bogey-free 68 to reach 18-under. Lee seeks her first win on the LPGA Tour since joining in 2015 and would assist in breaking the record of Rolex First-Time Winners in a single season.

China's Xiyu Lin could also break the record with a win on Sunday and lies in fourth place at 17-under.

Rounding out the top-5 spots at 16-under are Australia's Minjee Lee (69) and China’s Ruoning Yin (69). Both players are looking to secure their third wins of the season.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3Total
T1Amy Yang-21686364195
T1Nasa Hataoka-21636765195
3Alison Lee-18666468198
4Xiyu Lin-17676666199
T5Minjee Lee-16646769200
T5Ruoning Yin-16636869200
T7Lilia Vu-14706666202
T7Brooke M. Henderson-14696766202
T7Nelly Korda-14686866202
T7Atthaya Thitikul-14676669202
T11Carlota Ciganda-12717063204
T11Gemma Dryburgh-12756564204
T11Ayaka Furue-12696570204
T14Yu Liu-11667168205
T14Anna Nordqvist-11657169205
T14Patty Tavatanakit-11666970205
T17Hannah Green-10706967206
T17A Lim Kim-10697067206
T17Yuka Saso-10686969206
T17Georgia Hall-10667169206
T17Hyo Joo Kim-10696770206
T22Cheyenne Knight-9696969207
T22Rose Zhang-9716670207
T22Yuna Nishimura-9706770207
T22Jasmine Suwannapura-9706770207
T22Grace Kim-9696870207
T22Charley Hull-9686970207
T22Hye-Jin Choi-9667170207
T29Ariya Jutanugarn-8707068208
T29Ally Ewing-8716869208
T29Linnea Strom-8687070208
T29Madelene Sagstrom-8686971208
T29Jennifer Kupcho-8677071208
T29Gaby Lopez-8716572208
T35Sei Young Kim-7717068209
T35Angel Yin-7717068209
T35Bianca Pagdanganan-7736670209
T35Celine Boutier-7697070209
T39Alexa Pano-6707169210
T39Leona Maguire-6687171210
T41Danielle Kang-5756967211
T41Peiyun Chien-5727168211
T41Esther Henseleit-5687370211
T41Jenny Shin-5726871211
T41Hae Ran Ryu-5697171211
T41Pajaree Anannarukarn-5706873211
T41Ashleigh Buhai-5687073211
T48Sarah Kemp-4717170212
T48Linn Grant-4697172212
T48Allisen Corpuz-4696974212
T51Chanettee Wannasaen-3727269213
T51Megan Khang-3717072213
T51Aditi Ashok-3707172213
T54Stephanie Kyriacou-2737170214
T54Maja Stark-2736873214
56Perrine DelacourPar727272216
57Andrea Lee+1727471217
58Elizabeth Szokol+2706781218
W/DJin Young Ko7171
W/DJodi Ewart Shadoff74
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CME Group Tour Championship 2023

Date: November 16th - 19th 2023

Location: Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida

Purse: $7,000,000

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